Bolivia: Brenda Palli

Brenda Palli

  • Flavour profile Red grape, apple, white grape
  • Process Mosto Washed
  • Varietal Caturra
  • Roast Medium


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  • So what's a Mosto? It's a Spanish word which describes fresh fruit juices - particularly before they are fermented. The same root gives the English word for this, used in wine-making - a Must. In the case of this coffee, it means:

    • You start with two batches of coffee.
    • The first batch of coffee (a regular washed coffee) is depulped, fermented in a closed tank, rinsed and taken to the beds to dry.
    • The liquids - the Mosto - from that first fermentation are saved, with the pH and microbial levels monitored and managed.
    • Batch 2 (this will be the Mosto Washed) is depulped and the Mosto is added to the coffee.
    • Once the fermentation breaks down any remaining pulp, the coffee is rinsed and dried.
    • Using these fresh, already fermenting juices gives the process a kick start which seems to help develop the complex, juicy flavours in these coffees.

    There's a big red grape hit in this cup, but it moves into a crisp and fresh apple finish before the grape comes back again on the aftertaste. The whole thing has a little sprinkle of white sugar, making for a juicy but clean and moreish cup.

    • Country: Bolivia
    • Department: La Paz
    • Province: Caranavi
    • Farm: La Hermosa
    • Producer: Brenda Palli
    • Location: 15°48'56.8"S 67°31'40.9"W
    • Altitude: 1400 – 1650 m.a.s.l
    • Processing method: Mosto Washed
    • Varietals: Caturra
  • Tasting notes: Red grape, apple, white grape.

    Cup of Excellence Cupping Scores

    • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
    • Sweetness: (1–8): 7
    • Acidity: (1–8): 7
    • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6
    • Flavour: (1–8): 6.5
    • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6.5
    • Balance: (1–8): 6
    • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
    • Correction: (+36): +36
    • Total: (max. 100): 87.5

    Roast Information
    Medium: Suiting the well-balanced acidity and sweetness of this coffee, requires a steady roast through first and just up to the edge of second, just one or two pops as it cools.

  • If you place an order before 07:30, it will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30, it will carry over to the following working day for roasting.

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Brenda Palli

Brenda is a small producer in the Sol de la Mañana program (see Martin Chirino, Pedro Flores, Gregorio Palli). We didn’t get a chance to meet her when we visited for the harvest, but her coffee really jumped out to us on the cupping table. We decided to take it and we’re looking forward to going back to Bolivia in August and getting to meet her.

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