Flavour description:The coffee has an aroma of fruit tea. It is a well-structured cup with flavour notes of iced tea, lilac, and a finish of cacao nibs. The coffee has a silky and juicy mouthfeel. Producer: Carmela "Carmelita" Urduvi Location: Caranavi, Bolivia Farm Name:Carmelita Varietal: Java Harvest: August 2021 Elevation:1550 – 1850 MASL Processing: Natural. The coffee is first anaerobically dried for 48 hours before dried on the drying beds. Price transparency: The FOB price paid for this coffee is $5/lb. Roast: A fairly long profile landing in light to medium roast level. Roasted to present the natural characteristics of the coffee.
Bolivia is a remarkable coffee-producing country, with extraordinary high altitudes, and mountains everywhere.We remember when Carmelita planted the Java varietal at her farm in Caranavi, six years ago. The idea of one of the floral varietals being produced by Carmelita's and her very elegant and crisp taste profiles seemed like a dream profile. Year by year the taste profile of Java is getting clearer. And this year, you can truly feel the floral, purple lilac notes, in the final cup.
Drop Coffee has bought coffee from Carmelita ever since she re-started her farm after being hit by leaf rust. Carmelita is one of the strongest people we have ever met in coffee. We have seen her farm grow from half a hectare with low production to three hectares with beautiful and lush production, all part of the sustainability program Sol de la Mañana that won the SCA Sustainability Award for Most Sustainable Business Model 2019.
Over the past five years, Carmelita has more than tripled the production from when leaf rust hit her farm a decade ago, and we are proud to hold the European exclusivity on the coffee from Carmelita.
This way of processing the Java, Drop Coffees green buyer Joanna Alm has been a part of trying out. It is aimed to be a clear and more crisp taste profile of the natural process. This lot is 100 kilos exclusive.
Carmelita Urduvi We visited Carmelita for the first time in 2015, her hard work and dedication to the farm impressed us greatly. She had less than a hectare, which had a low yield, after being hit with Roja, which is why she decided to become part of the sustainability project “Sol de la Mañana”, which is run by our exporter Pedro Rodriguez with their family. When we met for the very first time over five years ago, Carmelita had just prepared her land for a second hectare and was ready to start planting her new Caturra and Catuaí seedlings from her nursery. This time she wanted to do everything right from the beginning, with the help of the agronomists in the Sol de la Mañana project.
Carmelita Urduvi has been working in coffee for 40 years. Originally she is from Omasuyos, near the lake called Titicaca. She moved with her husband to Caranavi when a government led to reform and gave the land back to thousands of indigenous families. Since then they had 8 children. Carmelita raised their children while running the farm after her husband disappeared. Carmelita told us that the management of the farm is her greatest achievement, and yes we are all impressed by her extraordinary production standards the farm is always clean, tidy, and in great shape. Her oldest son works full time on the farm throughout the whole year, and another two of her sons work for our exporter.
Unique to anyone else we have met in Bolivia, she is known to clean each cherry after picking and before putting it into her bags and delivering it for processing at the Rodriguez mill. By producing a better quality coffee she is able to earn more money and have a better future for herself and her children. She believes that joining the program has helped her to better understand what she needs to do in order to produce better coffee and keep her crops stronger and healthier.
Relationship and sustainability Since the first time, we met Carmelita we had a strong feeling that we were going to work together. She is driven, strong, and very focused on attention to detail. Visiting and buying her coffee for years now, has become one of our strongest relationships. We have done brewing classes, competitions on the best Sol de la Mañana-cup (Carmelita won), played football... but most importantly Carmelita has a steady business and she is growing rapidly but safely. After being hit with leaf rust about six years ago, she joined the sustainability project Sol de Mañana and started growing new plants of Caturra. Carmelita’s farm is three hectares, triple the size it was before. The FOB price paid for this coffee is$5/lb.