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Foundry Coffee Roasters: Bolivia, Finca El Arcangel, Natural

Tasting notes: Luscious dark chocolate creaminess with delicious nougat and fig notes

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Last year, this exceptional coffee was a highlight of the season and this year's crop is just as good.

Caranavi (known as the capital of coffee) is located in the lush forest of the Yungas region. This is where the (in)famous Death Road follows the Andes Mountains from the dry Altiplano to the lush green forest of the Amazon jungle. This unique region has two climates and is home to the most fertile soil and consequently where the majority of coffee in Bolivia is produced nowadays. All the coffee has to travel this treacherous road to be processed and exported from La Paz.

Finca El Arcangel is a 10-hectare farm owned by the Rodriquez family and is located in the Bolinda community, just outside of the town of Caranavi. Arcangel is mostly planted with Caturra, with some Bourbon and Typica too, and sits at 1650masl. Having been planted in 2015, Arcangel is a very new farm and these lots are some of the first they have produced. The farm is surrounded by native forest and some of the native tree species are used as shade trees on the farm.

Since there is no wet mill at the farm, the cherries are taken to the Buena Vista mill in Caranavi, where they are processed and dried. The climate in Caranavi is very humid and is prone to long periods of rain, so the mill has started using mechanical air driers, which are temperature controlled boxes which use warm air to dry the coffee over a number of days. This drying method is very gentle and allows the mill to control it throughout, which includes turning them off during the night to rest the coffee, in order to replicate natural sun drying. All of the coffee is pre-dried on raised beds for 3 days, which allows the moisture content to equalise and to control the fermentation in the case of naturals.

Altitude: 1650masl
Farm/Coop: Finca El Arcangel
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stove Top, Black, With milk
Origin: Bolivia, South America
Region: Bolinda, Caranavi
Process Method: Natural (Dry)
Tasting Notes: Luscious dark chocolate creaminess with delicious nougat and fig notes
Varietals: Red Caturra

Roasting and delivery information

We roast to order and at least three times per week. We will ship your order on our roasting day as long as it is received by the day before.

We use Royal Mail 1st class post in especially designed, letterbox friendly packaging.

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.