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Fratello Coffee Roasters

Bolivia Agrotakesi Peaberry

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Origin: La Paz Department, Bolivia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $15.99/8 oz.

Review Date: June 2010

Agtron: 50/64

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Rich, pungent aroma with hints of berry, black currant, aromatic wood and flowers. In the cup flavor builds in intensity; delicate notes of orange and flowers give way to sweeter berry-toned fruit and brandyish dark chocolate as the cup cools. The deeper notes linger in the mildly dry finish.

Notes:

Only about one hundred pounds of this rare coffee was available for sale at the time of review. This is a peaberry grade separated from the first place winner of the 2009 Bolivia Cup of Excellence competition, which as a green (unroasted) coffee attracting a score of 93.36 from an international jury. Peaberries are 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 cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may be separated during grading, as they were here. Calgary-based Fratello is a second-generation boutique coffee roaster owned by three brothers who focus on responsible trade relationships with coffee growers. Visit www.fratellocoffee.com or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Quick-fingered aficionados interested in a very rare coffee.


This review originally appeared in the June, 2010 tasting report: Along the Andes: Coffees of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru

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