Fratello Coffee Roasters
Bolivia Agrotakesi Peaberry
|Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|La Paz Department, Bolivia
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.
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
Who Should Drink It
Quick-fingered aficionados interested in a very rare coffee.
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This review originally appeared in the June, 2010 tasting report: Along the Andes: Coffees of Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru