A Rare Gem
The first of two offers from Bolivia this season
Bolivia's specialty coffee industry has faced a uniquely challenging history. Underdeveloped infrastructure and difficult geography have kept the origin from reaching its coffee production potential. The collapse of several large cooperatives in the country made it almost impossible to source transparent and quality coffee from the country. We were very eager to try samples when our importing partner told us they were working in Bolivia again to source exceptional coffee.
They are working in the Caranavi region this year, with plans to expand in the region and beyond as they grow their program. They hope to create relationships in the region, leading to more opportunities for the indigenous smallholder producers who haven't had access to the specialty coffee market in the past. This is the first of two lots they will be bringing in for us from Bolivia this season. This coffee comes from a community at the base of the snow-capped Illimani Mountain, the second-highest peak in the Bolivian Andes. Rivers and lagoons fed from the mountain snow provide clean water to the nearby towns. The mountain, whose name translates to "where the sun rises", is vital to the survival of the communities and their crops, including coffee. The region has an extreme climate that can fluctuate between freezing to tropical weather in a matter of hours, leading to a complexity unique to Bolivian coffees.
Various smallholder producers contributed to this lot. It is fermented in steel tanks for 12-14 hours before being washed and dried on raised beds for 15-20 days. We are beyond excited to introduce this rare gem from Bolivia to you, and hope the country can become a staple in our program for years to come. Dial in to silky notes of pomegranate and light brown sugar with a 1:16.5 brew ratio, filtered water at 208-210℉, a medium grind, and a 3-3.5 minute brew cycle.