Fratello Coffee Roasters

Bolivian Café Central

Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Origin: Caranavi growing region, Bolivia.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: CAD $14.40/8 ounces

Review Date: December 2010

Agtron: 46/55

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

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.


A prize winner in the 2009 Bolivia Cup of Excellence (www.cupofexcellence.org) 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 www.fratellocoffee.com or call 800-944-2545 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Nicely combines comfort with complexity.

This review originally appeared in the December, 2010 tasting report: Prize-Winning Coffees from Latin America

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