Fratello Coffee Roasters
Bolivian Café Central
|Roaster Location:||Calgary, Alberta, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Caranavi growing region, Bolivia.|
|Est. Price:||CAD $14.40/8 ounces|
|Review Date:||December 2010|
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.
Notes: 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
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