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BOLIVIA MAMANI FAMILY
BOLIVIA MAMANI FAMILY
Region Caranavi
Grown by Juana, Mariano, Lucia, and David Mamani
Elevation
1,650 MASL
Varieties Caturra
Processing Low O2 Washed
Taste notes Baklava, Toffee, Yes Chef
Sensory Nougat, nutty, chewy, creamy, trustworthy, dark chocolate crispies
Exporter Agricafe
Importer Royal Coffee West
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PRODUCT INFO
Region Caranavi
Grown by Juana, Mariano, Lucia, and David Mamani
Elevation
1,650 MASL
Varieties Caturra
Processing Low O2 Washed
Taste notes Baklava, Toffee, Yes Chef
Sensory Nougat, nutty, chewy, creamy, trustworthy, dark chocolate crispies
Exporter Agricafe
Importer Royal Coffee West
DESCRIPTION

Unfortunately, a straight line is NEVER the path between a coffee producer and Touchy. In fact, you’d be closer to correct if you shrugged and described each A to B as another variation on “ya can’t get there from here.” But lo and behold, thanks to loads of hands and hearts and logisticians (honestly, mostly the last one), coffees DO get here from there. And sometimes — perhaps even often — that gets taken for granted.

To get the Mamani family’s coffees HERE, we could not take ANYTHING for granted. It all started in late 2020, with the realization that Agricafe — the preeminent producer and purveyor of superb specialty coffees in Bolivia — was expanding its operations to include more action in the USofA. Always eager to showcase less-familiar coffee-producing regions on our menu, this made for an exciting opportunity. While it’s not as if NOBODY in the US has been stocking Bolivian coffees, the most renowned roasters working with Agricafe have historically been concentrated in Europe, so if the opportunity to be an early adopter on this side of the pond was presenting itself, we wanted to get in line. We reached out, and our first conversation with Agricafe’s Daniela Rodriguez finally happened in January of 2021.

In Bolivia, harvest gets going in the summertime, so it wasn’t for another six months after that initial call that it was time to coordinate samples, and it would be another month before those samples made it Troy — that’s August of 2021. Milling and logistics were coordinated after that, and by the end of the year, Agricafe had squared away an importer to bring the coffee to the US, with whom we then coordinated the formal purchase. It was not until this March that those coffees left Bolivia, not until June that they landed in California, and not until July of 2022 that this late 2020 contact finally resulted in coffees from Bolivia making it all the way to Troy, NY. WHAT A RIDE!

Logistically, we are optimistic that future years will go more smoothly with Bolivia. As boring as it is to admit, we know that this will also tremendously improve final coffee quality, and of course we look forward to that! Still, we are so proud of this year’s coffees. This one has a big, chewy, gorgeously sweet and nutty profile that's a smash no matter how you spin it, but it's especially satisfying on espresso. Was it worth the wait? 110%, yes.

Though several of them have their own lots and plots, the Mamani family also works together quite actively and decided to present this particular coffee as a family affair. Agricafe’s Sol de la Mañana program — essentially a seven-year coffee-production graduate program — has kept all of the Mamanis (and many others throughout Bolivia) apprised of best practices for strong, sustainable, and profitable farms. We are so happy to finally represent them at TC, and we hope this is the start of much more collaboration in the future!

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