This year we're lucky to have procured several beautiful lots that come to us by way of the Buenavista processing station, located in northern Bolivia. This station, which is centralized within the Caranavi region, is owned and operated by the Rodriguez family, and handles much of the cherry that is picked in the area. Coffee cherry is literally carted one-way, from farm to Buenavista, by cars that the Rodriguez family have hired. This saves them the trouble of sending their own trucks from having to make round trips to the numerous small holder farms in the surrounding area. Coffee is depulped with a water-conserving Penagos depulper, which uses very little water to remove cherry skin. The coffees beans are fermented overnight for rarely more than 18 hours as Caranvi is at low and relatively humid which speeds up the process. After washing the beans are typically dried on raised beds although patios are also used. This lot represents a blend of small holder farms in the town of Villa Rosario, which have an average altitude of just over 1500 masl.This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.
Brown sugar notes and sweet, pipe tobacco perfume the dry grounds of this coffee. Fresh cream and blackberry come up from the crust of the coffee while the break has raisin and even dark liquor like aged rum. Dark fruits like raisin and black currant set the tone for the cup which is subtle but elegant and complete. Even hints of darker tropical fruit like tamarind linger in the background. This is balanced coffee with hints of creaminess supporting the fruit. As the coffee cools a syrupy chocolate flavor appears and rides through the finish. This Buenavista lot does really well across the broad spectrum of roast profiles. While the lighter roast demonstrates more of the fruit notes a more developed roast gives great nuances of burnt sugar and high percentage cacao. Like many of the other Buenavista lots this one will show exceptionally well as espresso.