Coffee Review - Bolivian Cafe Central from Fratello Coffee
  • Fratello Coffee Roasters

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Bolivian Café Central

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: December 2010
Origin: Caranavi growing region, Bolivia. Price: CAD $14.40/8 ounces

Blind Assessment: A deep, sweet-toned complexity with some roast influence provoked differing yet overlapping descriptors from co-cupper Wendy De Jong (89) and Ken (91). Wendy found “stewed apple” and “ripe black plums and licorice” in aroma and cup respectively, while Ken (91) found blackberry, cocoa, and a delicate but distinct hint of flowers. The soft, balanced acidity was a bit too soft for Wendy (7) though Ken (8) found it nicely supported the general low-toned richness of the profile. Both responded positively to a smooth, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and sweet finish.

Notes: A prize winner in the 2009 Bolivia Cup of Excellence ( competition, where as a green (unroasted) coffee it placed sixth out of hundreds of entries, attracting a score of 90.71 from an international jury. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Nicely combines comfort with complexity.


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