It's been almost three years since we have offered a single origin Bolivian coffee, but once you try this one, you'll see why we're featuring it. This coffee was produced by smallholder farmers from the community (or "colonia") of Bolinda, which lies in a steep mountain valley about 10 kilometers outside the town of Caranavi. The colonia was was founded 52 years ago and used to be known as "Bolivia Linda" or "Beautiful Bolivia." After much deliberation, the community's residents decided to change its name to Bolinda, and it is now one of the larger settlements in the area.
Coffee is the main cash crop in Colonia Bolinda. The farms are small, around 5 hectares or fewer, and lie at an average altitude of 1475 meters above sea level. The coffee is grown in the shade of native trees. These traditional farms use no chemicals or pesticides and their production is certified organic. Almost all the work is carried out by the families in Bolinda, with a handful of temporary workers taken on to help out during harvest.
The families that contributed to this lot used to depend on the local market to sell their coffee, meaning low prices and little reliability. Now they are able to sell their top grade coffees for substantially higher prices to our partners at Agricafe, who process specialty lots at their Buena Vista wet mill in Caranavi.
The main harvest in Bolinda runs from May to September, peaking in June and July. The cherries are picked by hand only when they are fully ripe. They are then prepared using the fully washed process, either on the farms themselves or at the Buena Vista wet mill.
We're excited to offer a Bolivian coffee again and hope you enjoy it. It will be available as a single origin espresso in all of our cafes this month alongside our Espresso 700. For its debut weekend, sub it free in any espresso drink!
It's available now for purchase in the cafes or online here: http://kaldiscoffee.com/collections/origin/products/organic-bolivia-bolinda
Description: A very sweet and balanced coffee with notes of sugar cane, milk chocolate, and raisins.
ORIGIN: South America
REGION: Bolinda, Carnavi
PROCESSING METHOD: Washed, Mechanically Dried
ALTITUDE: 1475 meters
VARIETALS: Caturra, Catuai, Typica