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Bolivia - Micro Lot

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Bolivia - Fair Trade Organic

SHG EP, Washed, Micro Lot

Mellow, Sweet, Hints of Dried Apple

From the Yungas region, in the forested area stretching down the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, we are very pleased to offer this wonderful Fair Trade organic coffee from Bolivia.
This excellent Micro Lot is grown by a cooperative of 38 families known as Bio Arabica, and is led by Elias Choconapi.

In addition to being Organic and Fair trade certified, this lot has two other interesting classifications: SHG (Strictly High Grown) which specifies that the coffee was grown at an altitude above 4,429 feet, and EP (European Preparation) which means that the green coffee was sorted by hand to remove any defects.

General Flavor Observations
Bolivia - Fair Trade Organic

This Bolivian micro-lot is a full-bodied coffee with a mild acidity that is underpinned by subtle notes of dried apple.
As the roast develops, a wonderful nuttiness and sweetness emerge yielding a cup with a surprisingly mellow mouth-feel and wonderfully sweet finish.

Other profile notes that are present include walnut, toffee, and chocolate, depending on the roast level you choose.

In the end, you will find this to be a simply beautiful and unique coffee that I know you will enjoy!

Roast Level Profile Notes
Bolivia - Fair Trade Organic


I found roasting this Bolivian micro-lot to a Full City developed the perfect balance of flavor attributes.
However, the lighter and darker roasts will each highlight unique qualities, so don't hesitate to experiment!

We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how the various roast levels will change the profile:

City Roast (light roast)

This roast level will provide a brighter acidity which will translate into more pronounced apple tartness. The body will be medium with a nice walnut nuttiness, and a sweet, crisp finish.

Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred

Full City is perfect for those seeking a full-bodied, yet mellow cup. Soft notes of toffee and mild chocolate are present, surrounded by a smooth mouth-feel and sweet creamy finish. The sweetness is an extension of the very mild apple acidity. This roast level will work wonderfully as a Sweet, Single Origin Espresso.

Full City (+) Roast

This is also a great roast level and will develop a fuller body and rich nuttiness. Chocolate tones and toffee are more pronounced and the acidity subdued. The mouth feel is silky and smooth with a finish that is semi-sweet and lingering. As a Single Origin Espresso, this roast level will deliver a thick, rich profile.

Darker Roasts

I can't honestly recommend a darker roast for this coffee. I feel that these roasts simply overwhelm all the characteristics that make this coffee so wonderful. However, if you love a full-bodied, bitter-sweet cup of Joe, then go for it!

Additional Information
Bolivia - Fair Trade Organic

The famous 'Yungas Road' is the only route available to reach the farms where this coffee is produced. It is so treacherous that it is nicknamed 'The Road of Death.'
It is long, winding, often single lane, and dug into the side of the Andes mountains. There are no barriers to prevent vehicles for tumbling down more than 2,000 ft. to the valleys below.
Treacherous? - Definitely.
Worth it? - Absolutely!
The climate is rainy, humid, and warm and makes it perfect for coffee production and cultivation.

Strictly High Grown (SHG) coffees are particularly sought after because these extreme elevations cause a slower development of the coffee while nutrient concentrations in the soil impart a much higher quality in terms of flavor.

European Preparation (EP) is the method of sorting every single green coffee bean by hand to ensure that any, and all defects are removed.

Fair Trade guarantees that a premium price will be paid to the farmers, regardless of market conditions, effectively providing them with a 'living wage.' Additionally, the certification promotes sustainable agricultural and farm management practices.

Organic certification means that the coffee has been certified by a third-party agency as having been grown and processed without the use of pesticides, herbicides or similar chemicals.

  • Origin: Bolivia
  • Region: Yungas
  • Traceable: 38 farms of Bio Arabica
  • Elevation: 4,500 - 5,800 ft.
  • Process: Washed
  • Drying: Sun Dried
  • Arabica Variety: Typica, Catua­, Caturra, Mondo novo
  • Certifications: Fair Trade, Organic

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