ALTITUDE: 1500-1670m above sea level
OWNER: Juana and Juan Mamani
In the cup: Macadamia nut, candied orange and red apple. Rich and syrupy, with developed sugars and a long, toffee-like finish.
This coffee was processed by the dynamic team of Juana and Juan Carlos Mamani, a family renown throughout the region for the coffee they grow and the impact they’ve had on specialty coffee production within their community.
Juana Mamani is a first-generation coffee farmer. She bought her six-hectare coffee farm when she was just 16 years old after working nearby on her sister’s farm for five years – long enough to save up to buy her own plot. At 23 she went on to win second place in Bolivia’s Cup of Excellence 2007 with a score of 90.78.
When Juana and the extended Mamani family first got into coffee, they would sell it to the local market as wet parchment – known locally as café en mote. But over the last decade (since the arrival of the Cup of Excellence), the entire family has focused on producing specialty coffee. They have been working closely with their neighbours to institute better agricultural practices to improve coffee quality around the settlement of Uchumachi, where they are based. The family processes their coffee at their own wet-milling and drying before selling the coffee in parchment to our export partners, Agricafe.
(Info courtesy of MCM)