Producer: Pedro Rodriguez
Region: Samaipata, Bolivia
Processing: Lactic Natural
Altitude: 1,710 masl
Tasting Notes: Purple Grape and Toffee Apple
Produced by Pedro Rodriguez, this vibrant SL28 lot is an excellent example of what the variety has to offer. Pedro’s approach to farming and processing is meticulous, innovative and scientific, with his own farms and teachings through the ‘Sol de la Mañana’ program setting a benchmark for specialty coffee production in the country. In addition to his operations in the traditional coffee growing region of Caranavi, in 2012 Pedro saw the potential for growing coffee in the Samaipata region, historically associated with food crops, and established four farms here. The high elevations, tropical microclimate and distinct soil profile makes his farm “Floripondio” ideal for growing exceptional coffee.
First achieving recognition in Kenya, the SL28 variety was selectively bred from trees showing drought resistance and rusticity – meaning it can be left unattended for years and still produce fruit. Despite its susceptibility to other major coffee diseases, the outstanding cup quality of SL28 has seen it making its mark across Africa and now abroad. Cherries for this lot were handpicked and meticulously sorted before fermenting in custom built stainless steel tanks for 90 hours, with careful monitoring to ensure lactic acid was developing. This is key for a silky mouthfeel in the final cup. The coffee is then dried on raised beds with turning every hour until it reaches 11.5% humidity. Ridiculously juicy with a crisp acidity and velvety body, the highlight of this coffee is its intense confectionary-like sweetness. A testament to Pedro’s dedication, this filter is really something special.
Whole Beans, Ground For Filter, Ground For French Press, Ground For Stovetop, Ground For Espresso