Bolivia is without doubt my all time favourite Latin American country – from the bright costumes of the indigenous people at carnival on the cold high altiplano to the steaming hot jungle – it’s a country of vibrancy, colour, contrast and excitement.
Now, I feel very privileged to have found this absolute gem of a coffee from the steeply mountainous Yungas region, which links the high plateau with the tropical lowlands and includes some of the most challenging and dangerous terrain in the world. This coffee too has been a challenge to roast, truly evoking the complexity of it’s homeland, but I believe we’ve found the perfect balance of vibrant brightness with a refined mellow sweet finish.
Asencio Ticona and his family migrated from La Paz to Yungas – Caranavi to dedicate himself to the production of coffee. When he started out in coffee, the market was favourable and it was not until 2001 that Asencio started to consider the potential there was to be producing great tasting coffee and thus obtain a better premium. Ever since then, Asencio has been focused on improving the quality of his coffee, including participating in the Bolivian Cup of Excellence.
Finca Nueva Llusta is a 12 hectare farm, of which 4 are cultivated with great tasting varietals like typica, caturra and catuai. Asencio gained technical assistance to analyse the soil composition of his farm in order to determine what applications to make to the soil to enhance the health of his coffee plants. From these, Andres is now planning to initiate an organic fertilization program.