Bolivia Telmo Cahuana Peaberry
|Roaster Location:||West Newbury, Massachusetts|
|Coffee Origin:||La Paz Department, Bolivia|
|Review Date:||June 2010|
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
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