Coffee Review - Bolivia Telmo Cahuana Peaberry from Cafe Valverde
  • Cafe Valverde

    West Newbury, Massachusetts
  • Bolivia Telmo Cahuana Peaberry

Roast: Dark Review Date: June 2010
Origin: La Paz Department, Bolivia Price: $11.95/pound

Blind Assessment: Aromatically rich, combining dark chocolate and soft roasty notes with hints of fruit and baking spices. In the cup the roast-muted acidity is a sideshow; the main event consists of delicate sweetness, smooth mouthfeel and layers of brandish and chocolate-toned fruit flavors suggesting cherry, raisin, dried berry. The pungent, cherry-chocolate sensation is sustained deep into the long finish.

Notes: Certified organically grown by Telmo Cahuana Mamani and consisting entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. Cafe Valverde is the U.S.-based roasting partner of Invalsa Coffee, a Bolivian export/import company focused on identifying, supporting and exporting the best coffees from Bolivian small-holding farmers. Visit or call 888-422-3338 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A smooth darker-roasted cup highlighted by brandied, fruit-toned chocolate.


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