RENAISSANCE - BOLIVIA Nicolas Colque 250G | NATURAL
With tastes notes of milk chocolate, hazelnuts, and a juicy strawberry aftertaste- it has plenty of sweetness, a velvety mouthfeel, and a big body. The coffee has a medium - high, citrus fruit like acidity, reminding of lemon and bergamot.
This coffee comes from the ‘colony’ or settlement of Collasuyo, a remote community in Bolivia’s Caranavi Province, a lush, fertile area of steep valleys and mountains 150 kilometres north of La Paz city. This region is the epicentre for coffee production in Bolivia, with high altitudes, rich soil, and wide daily temperature ranges.
The coffee was produced by Nicolas Colque, who has been working in coffee for nearly two decades. He started modestly as a picker with a daily salary of just $1.20USD. After a lot of saving and an incredible amount of hard work, Nicolas, with his wife, Maruja Mamani, and purchased a ten-hectare plot of land that he called La Florida. Nicolas and Maruja live on their farm with their two children, 10-year-old Lionel and 8-year-old Denya.
La Florida is 10 hectares in size, and of this, six hectares are dedicated to coffee which is planted at an altitude of 1,650–1,850m above sea level. The farm is planted with heirloom Caturra, Catuaí, and Typica varieties, and harvest runs from May to September, peaking in June and July. The farm’s high altitude helps to ensure a slow maturation of the coffee cherry, with stable night-time temperature and mild day temperatures. This slow maturation allows concentrated sugars to develop and gives the cup more structure and complex flavours.