Cafe Valverde

Bolivia Telmo Cahuana Peaberry

Location: West Newbury, Massachusetts

Origin: La Paz Department, Bolivia

Roast: Dark

Est. Price: $11.95/pound

Review Date: June 2010

Agtron: 31/46

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

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.


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 www.cafevalverde.com or call 888-422-3338 for more information.

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

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

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