This was a farm I visited back in 2007, completely by chance, as part of a cup of excellence jury. Our hotel was very near to here, so we arranged an impromptu visit.
I was able to cup the coffee, and liked it very very much. But a time where our hands were tied with what coffees we could buy, I had to pass. This left me sad, and I have always had the thought in the back of my mind about this place and what could have been. Fast forward to 2012 and a blind cupping table and a rush of excitement when I cup a coffee, a tasty coffee and find out its the same farm from all those years ago.
Owned by the family Montaño, this 10 hectares of land sits 1450 metres above sea level and is planted with Typica, Caturra and Catuaí. It is 15 km from the town of Coroico. Corico is around 115km from La Paz and is located on the famous “Death road” on the way to Caranarvi, where we buy so much coffee. This is the first time we have been able to buy coffee from this region.
The Motaño family comprises Don Servando, his wife Alejandra and the couple´s twelve children. Through more than fifty years the Montaño family has been dedicated to the coffee, and working this land for over thirty five years.Dn. Servando, with his nearly 80 years of age, has taught his children and grandchildren the craft of coffee cultivation, passing on his knowledge from generation to generation.
In the cup expect a big body, much bigger than a typical coffee from this area, with a very tactile mouthfeel thats creamy and silky with the dominant milk chocolate, with a tiny kick of oranges.
Founded Year: 1977
Founded by: Servando Montaño
Hectares Cultivated : 10 hectares
Shade: Natural tree
Quantity Coffee Produced: 240 qq.
Altitude: 1,450 m.s.m.
Farm Coordinate: S16° 38.915´ W 67° 13.818´
Coffee Varieties: Caturra Red/ Yellow, Typical and Catuai
Harvest Period: Mai – September ( top Jun – July)
Rainfall Period: Nov– February
Average Temperature: 7°C ≤ 15°≥ 26°C
Soil Type: Clay soil
Other Crops Grown: Fruits
Average Age Of Coffee Plants: 30 years old and new plantation