Episode 330 on Monday the 9th of March, 2015. Bolivia Finca Illimani Anastacio Cadena.

We had coffee three years ago from Anastacio but it was called Ilimanni Bolinda mixed with Bolinda from a neighbouring canton. Two years ago Felix from Bolinda didn’t send any of his coffee to the mill, and in fact has since abandoned the farm.

This gave us the opportunity to try Ilimani from Anastacio all on its own for the first time, and it was delicious! We’re really happy to welcome it back for a second year.

Anastacio Cadena is 49 and bought his farm in 1993, but he had worked on his neighbour’s farms since he was 16 years old. His farm is located in the Illimani colony, near the town of Caranavi. Anastacio has 2 hectares of coffee with approximately 6,000 coffee plants of Criolla and Caturra varietals, which are at an altitude between 1,350 and 1,800 metres above sea level. The farm is completely inaccessible from the road so Anastacio has to move the crop by hand for a quarter of a mile, at which point he can use trucks to move the coffee. All of this effort is truly worth it when you taste the coffee.

Unfortunately this is the last time were going to see this coffee. Anastacio has decided that he is not going to grow coffee and after the harvest cleared the land and is going to use it for grazing cattle. The last time to try one of my favourite cups

In the cup think pineapple cubes and pear drops. It’s sweet with a clean, bright green-apple acidity that finishes with milk chocolate. What makes this cup really great and interesting is its complexity.

Country: Bolivia
Region: North Yungas
City: Caranavi
Farm: Finca Illimani
Farmer: Anastacio Cadena
Altitude: 1,350–1,800 m.a.s.l.
Varietals: Criolla, Caturra
Coffee growing area: 2 hectares
Type of soil: clay
Type of shade: citrus
Weeding: Twice per year
Pruning: Sanitary pruning
Processing system: On-site wet processing, solar drying.


  • 12 March 2015, 10:33 am

    Nick Dring says:

    Quite like this one, it does have an acidity which can be a little strong but then the chocolate kicks in and its lovely!

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