Episode 397 on Monday the 20th of June, 2016. Bolivia Finca Don Carlos Washed Caturra.

Due to the complications within the Bolivian coffee industry many of the smaller farms we have worked with in the past are no longer producing coffee. Whilst this has created some challenges for us, it has had a much more significant impact on our exporting partners Agricafe who have been working with these growers for many years. As a result they have decided to begin farming themselves, in an effort to demonstrate what can be achieved with the application of more modern techniques and a scientific farming approach.

Agricafe now manage seven farms and these are collectively known as the Buena Vista Project, Finca Don Carlos is the second farm of the project and was planted in Caranavi in 2014.

The farm is named in honour of Don Carlos, the oldest and most unconditionally awesome employee of Agricafe. He was there at the start of the speciality trend and together with Pedro helped to build the wet mill in Caranavi. To show their gratitude for all his good work the company decided to give him partnership of the farm.

Finca Don Carlos is a very unique farm planted with all the care and dedication of Don Carlos himself. The farm sits at an altitude of between 1,450 and 1,650 metres above sea level, and is located in Caranavi which is the capital of the Caranavi Province in the Yungas region of Bolivia.

In the cup expect a lovely silky milk chocolate, with a note of hazelnut. The acidity all comes at the end as delicious rhubarb, but more rhubarb and custard sweets than a stick of rhubarb.

  • Country: Bolivia
  • Farm: Finca Don Carlos
  • Varietal: Caturra
  • Altitude: 1,450 – 1,650 m.a.s.l.
  • Processing method: Washed
  • Washing: Manual
  • Fermentation: Dry
  • Drying: Stationary Dryer


  • 30 June 2016, 10:08 am

    Roland Gifford says:

    The map bit shows very clearly the forest that has been cleared/destroyed for this farm.

    Very sad

  • 30 June 2016, 11:22 am

    Its true some trees were trimmed down, but its been farm land for many generations, and trees removed were more to do with joining the pieces of land together. There has also been tree planting on the farm to offer wind breaks and protection to the farm

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