Bolivia Julio Paye Espresso - Single Origin
This lot was produced by Julio Paye Mamani and Lupe Medina in Copacabana, a small and remote settlement located 180 kilometres from La Paz in the heart of the Caranavi province. This region is the epicentre for specialty coffee production in Bolivia, with incredibly high elevations, rich soil, and wide daily temperature ranges providing the perfect conditions for exceptional coffee.
San Bartolomé is a 3 hectare farm named after Julio’s father. Julio has lived in the region since he was 10. He inherited the farm from his father and together with his wife, Lupe, he has farmed the land for over 25 years.
In recent years, this couple selectively pick their coffee cherries and sell their top-grade coffees for substantially higher prices to the Rodríguez family at Agricafe as part of their Sol de la Mañana program. This program aims to improve infrastructure and farming practices in order to create a more sustainable future for coffee in Bolivia.
Julio and Lupe carefully hand-picked this coffee and delivered it to the Buena Vista washing station via taxi. This meticulously run washing station is owned Agricafe, who painstakingly process each of the exceptional specialty lots they receive separately, allowing for full traceability back to the individual farmer
After being picked and weighed, the coffee was placed on a conveyor belt and disinfected, in a similar process used for wine grapes. The cherry is carefully washed and laid out to dry on raised African beds and turned every hour for a total of 14 days, until it reaches the target moisture of 11.5%
The coffee is then transported to La Paz, to Agricafe’s dry mill La Luna to be hulled, sorted, and prepped for export.
REGION: LA PAZ, CARANAVI, COPACABANA
ELEVATION: 1500 - 1670
VARIETAL: CATURRA, CATUCAI
CUP: DRIED FRUIT, GRAPE, PECANS & CHOCOLATE