February 2016 - Vincent Paye, Bolivia.
Vincent Paye has been working really hard to produce great coffee, and who is, in fact, a beacon of hope in a very tough growing region. In a bit of a twist on the usual Grower of the Month format I've got a great video for you to watch to find out more about Vincent, I featured his coffee on In My Mug recently and the episode contains LOADS of information about him, you should definitely go have a peek...
This is a lush and fertile region. Its steep slopes and valleys provide excellent conditions for growing specialty coffee, as well as supporting a diverse range of native flora and fauna. It has rich volcanic soils and regular rainfall.
The colony of Copacabana has a collection of small farms that are around 5 hectares each (Vincent has 10). The farms range over an altitude of 1,300 to 1,600 metres, and benefit from an average annual temperature of between 15 and 26°C. This lot comes from a farm matching these criteria, and it's at around 1,550 m.a.s.l. These traditional farms use no chemicals or pesticides and are certified organic, although we do not hold an organic certification.
The main harvest runs from May to September, peaking in June and July. The cherries are hand-picked only when fully ripe, and they're then delivered to the central mill, called Buena Vista, where they are fully washed. The cherries are then dried, mechanically this time because of the wet weather, over a 9 day period.
- Country: Bolivia
- Region: Caranavi
- Town: Copacabana
- Farm: Vincent Paye
- Altitude: 1,550 m.a.s.l.
- Owner: Vincent Paye
- Varietal: Caturra
- Processing: Full-washed and mechanically dried
You can try the coffee from Vincent by clicking on this link http://www.hasbean.co.uk/products/bolivia-vincent-paye-washed-caturra and as a thank you for reading this Grower of the Month post you can have 25% off your bag too! Just enter the discount code "GOTMFeb2016" in the discount code box on the final page of the checkout process and click apply : )