Bolivia Francisco Hilari Organic micro-lot
About Bolivia Francisco Hilari Organic micro-lot
Arrived June 2015 in grainpro. This organic microlot from Bolivia is produced
by Francisco Hilari Condori from the Siete Estrellas Cooperative (APEASE)
located in the Chijchipani county in the Caranavi province. The farm spans 10
hectares with 4 of them dedicated to growing coffee, that translates to nearly
10 acres of coffee plants and sits at an elevation of 1,700 meters (about 5,500
feet) above sea level. The varietal grown is Typica and the processing system is
very thorough and advanced. They only harvest only ripe cherries which are then
fully washed using virgin spring water. Once processed cherries are sun dried on
elevated wooden tables.
Francisco Hilari is 53 years old and migrated with his long time wife, Maria, to Caranavi from the Omasuyo Province in the Altiplano, Bolivia's Highlands, in pursuit of a better life in the Caranavi region. Francisco and Maria have been cultivating coffee for the past 25 years and their experience is evident in their quality coffee.
Grower: Francisco Hilari Condori
Farm/Coop: Siete Estrellas (APEASE)
Altitude: 5,575 feet
Farm Size: 4 hectares (about 10 acres)
Processing: Wet washed
Crop Year: 2014/15
Cup Characteristics: Molasses, brown sugar aromas with milk chocolate body. Acidity is a combination of green apple and citrus with significant crispness complementing the smooth body. Background spice notes. Long, textured finish.
Roasting Notes: This high grown, coffee can withstand a broad range of roasts. We like it best as it approaches second crack, as this roast level accentuates body. But you can feel equally comfortable backing off a bit and roasting it lighter, or, going further towards a dark roast.
Bolivia Coffee Facts
Population (2013): 10.5 Million People
Coffee Production: 120,000 bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 132 pounds
Domestic Consumption: 20,000 bags
Coffee Export: 100,000 bags
Cultivated Area: 14,740 Hectares (36,000 acres)
April to August
Specialty Coffees: Much of the coffee is processed
at cooperatives, some of which are Fair Trade certified.
Botanical Varietals: Caturra, Typica, Criollo.
Approximately 30,000 families rely on coffee for their livelihood. Bolivia is the poorest nation in South America.