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Bolivia Finca Phaunchita Microlot

Bolivia Finca Phaunchita Microlot

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About Bolivia Finca Phaunchita Microlot

Juan Jose (Juanjo) Machicado's and his wife Lidia Luque's farm is called Finca Phaunchita. It is located in Zona Villamontes, Colonia Kantutani, Caranavi Province. Juanjo and Lidia work with their two children (David & Luz Abigail) to process and sell their coffee. In 2020, Lidia was the 13th-place winner in Bolivia's Cafe Presidencial Competition, the Bolivian Government version of Cup of Excellence with a Yellow Icatu lot.

They inherited the art of growing coffee from their parents who have more than 40 years of dedication to coffee growing traditions. In addition to the cultivation management tasks, the farm focuses on managing coffee processing, which means using raised beds for drying under solar tents. Since the harvests season is between May to September, Juanjo & Lidia and her family work from early morning until late night They carry out selective harvesting, pulping control, managed fermentation sometimes for 14 to 15 hours daily, then they wash the beans properly and dry them on raised beds until they reach 12% of humidity. The coffee in pergamino (parchment) is then delivered to Invalsa's cool and dry warehouse in La Paz (Invalsa).



This lot is Red Catuai, a varietal developed in the mid-twentieth century. Catuai is a cross between the Mondo Novo and Caturra varietals, both of which were created by selective cross-breeding programs. Mondo Novo was the result of combining Bourbon and Typica varietals, and Caturra is a combination of two Red Bourbon mutations. It is fully washed, meaning the outer skin and pulp (fruit surrounding the coffee husk) are totally removed during milling before being sun dried on patios.This lot is 100% Catuai, a varietal developed in the mid-twentieth century. Catuai is a cross between the Mondo Novo and Caturra varietals, both of which were created by selective cross-breeding programs. Mondo Novo was the result of combining Bourbon and Typica varietals, and Caturra is a combination of two Red Bourbon mutations. It is fully washed, meaning the outer skin and pulp (fruit surrounding the coffee husk) are totally removed during milling before being sun dried on patios.



  • Farm: Finca Phaunchita
  • Owner: Juan Jose Machicado
  • Region: Caranavi-Kantutani
  • Municipality: Zona Villamontes
  • Altitude:1500 to 1600 Meters above sea level
  • Varietal: Red Catuai
  • Processing: Fully Washed
  • Harvest: June-September

Cup Characteristics: Aromas of milk chocolate and brown sugar. Flavors of hot cocoa, caramel and citrus. A smooth cup with a complex brightness but not too acidic.

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)

Harvest: 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.

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Approximately 30,000 families rely on coffee for their livelihood. Bolivia is the poorest nation in South America.