Bolivia Teodocio Mamani Washed Typica

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In the cup this is a really unique coffee. It has effervescent blackcurrant (think sherbet) alongside lime zest acidity, and an amazing floral finish. Every time I look at this coffee I find different fruit notes. It's a bowl of fruit in a cup.

£5.20

DETAILS

I first met Teodocio Mamani on my visit to Bolivia in 2012. Long story short: he's an amazing guy. We got talking about the photo we had of him in a Chelsea shirt, and then of course we started talking football. He had the Chelsea shirt because he played for a local team that played in blue, but I managed to convince him that he needed a shirt from a real team so I sent him a Sunderland shirt. It's amazing to think that was so long ago, and this year I'm super happy to welcome this coffee back for its fourth year!

Canton Uyunense is a municipality of Caranavi, and lots of farms can be called a variation on that name. This is a super small lot coming from just 6,000 plants on two hectares of land. It's a mixture of Catuai and Typica varietals (this is from the Typica), both red and yellow. Teodocio also has one hectare of land that is natural forest reserve, in which he owns a house where he lives with his wife and two children. He is also planting a new area, which we should see start producing coffee in the next couple of years (and I can't wait).

This year is the third year that Teodocio has processed the majority of his coffee on the farm, which for me is super exciting. He uses a depulper that removes the cherry, then leaves the cherry to go through a dry fermentation process (aerobic) for sixteen hours, and then runs it through the scrubber section of the pulper to remove the final remains of the mucilage. He then transfers the coffee to raised African beds, where it dries in around twelve days (depending on local weather conditions).

I was talking to the exporter about Teodocio's picking methods, and he was explaining that the family uses a method called Ayne. With this method the most mature fruits are harvested each day, demanding the labour of 8–10 people (who are all family members in this case) to selectively pick, and to pick correctly. But because of this he gets more coffee that he can sell as specialty, and the cup profile improves too. Teodocio is just as passionate about improving the cup quality as he is about his football!

In the cup this is a really unique coffee. It has effervescent blackcurrant (think sherbet) alongside lime zest acidity, and an amazing floral finish. Every time I look at this coffee I find different fruit notes. It's a bowl of fruit in a cup.

  • Country: Bolivia
  • Region: North Yungas
  • City: Caranavi
  • Farm: Teodocio Mamani
  • Varietal: Typica
  • Altitude: 1,250–1,650 m.a.s.l.
  • Processing: Washed (mechanically scrubbed)
  • Rainfall period: Nov–February
  • Average temperature: 8°C ≤ 19°≥ 30°C
  • Soil type: clay and shale
  • Other crops grown: citrus fruits (orange, tangerine), avocado

CUPPING NOTES

Effervescent blackcurrant, sherbet, lime zest, floral.

Clean cup: (18): 6
Sweetness: (18): 8
Acidity: (18): 6
Mouthfeel: (18): 6
Flavour: (18): 7
Aftertaste: (18): 7
Balance: (18): 7
Overall: (18): 7
Correction: (+36): +36

Total (max. 100): 90

Roasting Information
If you hear the first pops of second crack, it's time to stop. This is a medium-to-medium-dark roast, so as not to kill the sweetness.

"Quick Look" Guide
Effervescent blackcurrant, sherbet, lime zest, floral.

Good filter?
Yes.

Good espresso?
Yes.

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effervescent blackcurrant, floral, lime zest, sherbet,