This lot was a "national winner" in the Cup of Excellence process that did not make the final auction. It's a delicate and sweet cup, with apple-like brightness, caramel and light brown sugar, and stone fruits as it cools (peach, plum, apricot). City to City+ roast.
We purchased this microlot that was a national winner in the early rounds of the Bolivia Cup of Excellence, but did not make the final auction. I thought it had classic Bolivia cup character from the Typica cultivar and was nice under a wide range of roasts ... plus we could have it vacuum packaged along with our CoE lot and it would arrive vibrant and fresh. It did, and while I feel the CoE lot we have has the acidity and refinement that classifies it a notch above, I was really impressed with this arrival as well. The producer is Juan Coaquira Mamani, and it comes from the San Igancio cooperative mill in the Caranavi growing area. The dry fragrance has ample chocolate and nut, evenly balanced. The wet aroma adds to this a fine apple blossom scent. The cup has a well-defined sweetness with apple-like brightness at City to City+ roast levels. The roast taste has a light brown sugar quality, slightly caramelly, with a refined, silky mouthfeel. It has medium weight to the body, fairly light in fact, but this suits the overall cup character well. As it cools I start to get peach flavors, and other stone fruits ... some mild plum and apricot. In fact, this cup really "opens up" as it cools, intensifies and sweetens in flavor. There is a pleasant tart dryness in the finish. It's really a fine cup; I can't imagine why it did not make the CoE finals, but sometimes a single defect bean in one of the cups is enough to remove it from the running; the CoE standard is a very high mark to attain.