Bolivia Organic Illimani Microlot

Bolivia Organic Illimani Microlot

Farm Description

Illimani is a "canton" - or community - in the larger province of Caranavi. This particular lot is produced by small-holder farmers in the area, certified organic, and processed at the Buenavista washing station. All of the Bolivian coffees we've picked up this year have come through this washing station, and for good reason. The owners/operators of the mill, the Rodriguez family, have run a tight operation here for quite some time enlisting simple processing techniques, and handle much of the coffee in the Caranavi region. The coffee is fermented in tanks for 12+ hours and then washed. From there it is laid out to dry on elevated beds within a greenhouse-like structure, which helps to protect the drying coffee from over exposure to the elements. This type of special care that is taken at the mill level to ensure that the coffee is protected all the way through to dry milling will be reflected in cup quality.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The profile of Illimani is sweet like caramelized sugar and with a healthy dose of dried fruits and spices. There's a dried cherry aspect at the forefront of the ground coffee that sits well with notes of all-spice, cinnamon, and red apple. Taking this coffee into the deeper realms of the roast spectrum brings out a smell of rosewood, as well as cooked oatmeal with brown sugar. The wet grounds are what really allude to the sweetness that is to come in the cup. Toffee and toasted caramel perfume the soaking crust and a strong smell of hazel nut, muscovado sugar, and dark honey are released on the break. The initial flavor I get from this coffee reminds me of Kraft Caramels - vanilla, cream, and browning sugar. As this coffee cools there's some really nice fruits that come up in the profile. Fresh apricot, Bing cherry and ripe pear are some of the flavors I picked up on in our City+ roast. Taking this coffee towards Full City and you really start to bring out chocolatey aspects like toasted cocoa and high percentage cacao. The deep sweetness of this coffee is accentuated by juicy, malic acidity. Like most of our Bolivian coffees, Illimani has great body, helping to make this a wonderful option for espresso as well.



Lot Size


Roast Recommendations

City to Full City best for the cup. More roast development will work for espresso though.


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

SHB ; 0 d/300gr, 15+ screen


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