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Bolivia - Rosendo Melgar: Washed, Typica, Caturra & Catuai

Bolivia has some of the most extreme landscapes and climates in the world, the conditions are one of the reasons that Bolivia is such an exciting origin. The farmers in Bolivia are blessed with the necessary ingredients to produce world class coffees: high altitudes, extreme temperature ranges, and an abundance of old-growth varieties. Realising this potential and a shift in focus to quality has been an ongoing process, producing some amazing small lots over the last decade.

Rosendo Megar is a coffee which is synonymous with 3fe, many of our customers will be familiar with this one. We look forwards each year to the opportunity to work with Rosendo again. Like many farms in Bolivia, his farm is quite small, only 3 hectares. The coffee is fully washed with a 15 hour underwater fermentation process, it is then dried for 9 days on raised African beds at the Buena Vista Mill. Rosendo is continually trying to improve processes and notes the details of the different picking days to make improvements in the next years harvest. 

For the last several years, Rosendo has worked with the owner of a neighbouring farm, Valentin Choquehuanca. They help each other by trading experience and ways to improve their crop while also helping keep each other motivated. The variety of this coffee is typica, which is mostly found in Central America and thrives at higher altitudes. It has mixed results to pest resilience and disease, producing a fairly low yield.

  1. Country: Bolivia
  2. Farm: Finca Melgar
  3. Region: Loayza
  4. Farm size: 3 Hectares
  5. Altitude:1500-1680 m.a.s.l.
  6. Varietal: Typica, Caturra & Catuai
  7. Process: Washed