|Farm||Finca Los Rodriguez|
|Notes||Candied fruit, raisin, brown sugar|
It is with great pleasure that we bring back for the second consecutive year a coffee from Bolivia, the Kusillo. This magnificent country in South America is a coffee producer unknown to the general public, and yet its climate and very high altitude make it a particularly interesting origin.
Kusillo coffee comes from Bolinda in the province of Caranavi, located in western Bolivia. Kusillo means “monkey” in Aymara, a native language of the Andes, still spoken today by millions of people in the region. Kusillo is also a recurring figure in indigenous folklore and represents the spirit of joy, celebration and good humor. Depicted concealed behind a mask and streaked with color, Kusillo acts as a joker inviting crowds to feast and amusement. It is said that with each harvest, at least one picker turns into a Kusillo, prompting the others to celebrate the arrival of ripe coffee cherries.
Finca Kusillo is one of the farms belonging to Agricafe. Founded around 30 years ago by Pedro Rodriguez, Agricafe is now run by Pedro and his two children, Daniela and Pedro Pablo, and represents a total of nearly 1,000 producers. Alongside its own production activities, Agricafe offers logistical and financial support to the producers it represents, in addition to training them in sustainable agricultural practices and enabling them to increase the quality of their harvests. The passionate work of Pedro, Daniela and Pedro Pablo has also enabled Agricafe to become an extraordinary showcase for specialty coffee in Bolivia, giving its producers the possibility of accessing the specialty coffee market and benefiting from purchase prices well above market prices. In 2019, Agricafe was awarded the prize for the best sustainable business model by the Specialty Coffee Association, highlighting several decades invested in establishing an inspiring sustainable and social production model. We had the chance to meet the Rodriguez family at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston last April and we are very proud to present the result of their hard work to you. Building on our first year of direct trade with Agricafé, it was natural for us to bring back the product of these exceptional producers. We bought this batch directly from Agricafe and we entrusted the care of the transport to the company Royal Coffee.
Grown at an altitude of around 1500 meters, this coffee is made from the red Caturra variety. It is picked when fully ripe and sorted by flotation first, then by hand, in order to remove the cherries that are too ripe or not ripe enough. It is then pulped using a mechanical pulper, then placed in a fermentation tank deprived of air and whose temperature is maintained below 25 degrees Celsius. Finally, it is passed under a stream of water to remove the remaining mucilage, before being dried slowly and under permanent control in a mechanical dryer for 110 hours, according to a rhythm recreating the alternation of day and night. . Fruity and delicate, it offers a complex taste in both espresso and filter.
This round and very sweet coffee tastes of candied fruit and raisins, with a brown sugar finish.
Original price paid (FOB)
vs. C-Market at $2.43/lb
Purchase at source