With all the excitement of my trip to Germany last week, I missed out telling you about the Bolivia Cup of Excellence auction. Bolivia hold a very special space in my heart as one of my favourite origins not just for the coffee but also the lovely people. I know you have all loved the Machacamarca so I know you will love this too.
Number 27 out of 29 doesn’t tell the story of how great this coffee is. This was my first choice from the auction and we were going to take it all, but were approached after the auction if we would share three of the bags. So we will have ten bags of the lovely coffee, probably after Christmas now. Its going to be a good new year.
In the cup its like and orange muffin mashed up with melted chocolate and a glass of milk. Sound interesting? It is.
Santiago Mamani’s family works together. His wife, his three daughters and two sons all help in the coffee plantation and processing plant. Santiago taught his children how to handle coffee, according to everything that he had learned in the Cooperativa CIANA, and the experience he earned in prior competitions where he participated with his colleagues. This year, he decided to participate alone to try his luck. He did not know how to do it, but he received a lot of help from the radio program “The Coffee Hour”, which explained the inscription process. “I didn’t know how to participate. Listening to the radio, I learned how to do it.” Now, Santiago is very proud to be among the winners. He believes that all his work has yielded fruit. “making specialty coffees is good. It’s good to manage coffee well. It’s good to have quality.” Santiago wants to encourage other producers to participate. “To my comrades who have been left behind, without earning, I say: ‘don’t loose faith. Next year, if you keep it up, you’ll be able to win.’ Others say it’s hard to manage coffee. It’s not hard. You just have to show a little interest. “ Santiago wants to share the prize with his whole family because everyone worked to achieve it. He told us “I don’t want my children to be left like me, working in the fields. I want to buy them a computer, because we worked together. I costs a lot to buy their things, and also to save for the future.”
Organic compost from the discarded coffee pulp, the use of natural barriers, soil protection.
Soil Type: Clay Loam
Annual Precipitation: 1600 mm/year
Shade Type: Inga edulis sp.
Weed Control: 2 times a year
Pruning: Growth – Renovation Productive Practices: Organic compost from the discarded coffee pulp, the use of organic barriers, soil protection.