Introducing Bolivia Cooperative San Ignacio

I know I know so many coffees coming into stock at the moment, and so many very very special coffees, backed with super high cupping scores. This is from the fruits of my work in July and my trip to Bolivia. The moment I cupped this one in the La Paz mill I wanted it, back home I wanted it even more. I am very proud to show you Bolivia Cooperative San Ignacio.

This is a direct trade coffee, bought from the farm gate and brought back by Has Bean. World Exclusive!

During my trip to Bolivia July 2010, where we visited some farms we already work with, we also looked at new potential coffees from the area and did extensive cuppings at the exporters lab in La Paz.

Everything stood against us choosing to bring this coffee to the UK. It is from a coop of ten farmers so its traceability is tough.The price was very very high, as it was agreed when the market was peaking. The green processing is amazing but its a 50% peaberry mix, and looking at the green its not the most attractive coffee, in fact bit of an ugly duckling.

All of this was against it apart from one vital point, its taste. On the blind cupping table none of these matter, in the raw, this coffee tasted amazing compared to the many other great coffees on the table, and with my experiance of what a good bolivian can be, it shocked me how good it is. Not just good, but Wow!, had me running around the cupping room in Bolivia and back home when we made the decision. A mixture of Caturra and Typica grown at an mixed altitude (because of the ten farms involved in this coffee) is 1800 mtrs to 2000 mtrs above sea level.

Think malted milk biscuits, all mashed up in cream, super sweet with a melted milk chocolate finish, the aftertaste reminds me of Horlicks, gloupy and rich. It’s everything a great Bolivian should be!I like to describe this coffee as having no edges, rounded, balanced and very drinkable.

Province: Caranavi North Yungas

Region: San Ignacio

Address: Cooperative San Ignacio

Altitude: 1,800 – 2000 m.s.m.

Shade: Natural

Coffee Varieties: Caturra and Typica

Harvest Period: Jun – September ( top Jun – July)

Rainfall Period: Nov– February

Average Temperature: 8°C ≤ 19°≥ 30°C

Soil Type: Clay soil

Other Crops Grown: Fruits, critics ( mandarin and orange)

Average Age Of Coffee Plants:10 to 15 years old Now renovating plantations with Caturra and Typical

Farmers: 10 producers

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  1. I am trying to help a small poor community in Tarjifa form a coop for their orange crop — can anyone point me in the right direction how I can find information to form a Bolivian coop?


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