Episode 87 on Monday the 12th of July 2010 Bolivia Machacarmarca De Berenguela


  • 11 July 2010, 10:25 pm

    Great inmymug. :)

  • 11 July 2010, 10:32 pm

    Thai subscriber says:

    First comment! I will be carefully watching this episode today. But in advance, Steve, thanks so much for this. I was guessing this week would be Premium Espresso Blend, which is good, good, enough. But this one must be super! It should get to my place tomorrow.

  • 11 July 2010, 10:36 pm

    Nigel says:

    Made me smile when the machacamarca dropped through the door yesterday. Fabulous IMM. Fabulous coffee.

  • 11 July 2010, 11:52 pm

    Great episode. Really enjoyed watching it. Good insight into the origin and fascinating listening to some of its story – plus yer man lighting up his pipe. Brilliant.

    Macha is a big favourite. I’ll always order a bag or two if I’m going away for a few days – it works great in the aeropress. Delicious!

  • 12 July 2010, 6:47 am

    Emil Trollklint says:

    Jewellery great episode! You nailed it this week! Fun and interesting to get such a personal insight into the farm and the cultivation of coffee by Mario and Maria themselves. You really have to thank them the next time you talk to them from our behalf for their fine job with this amazing coffee!

  • 12 July 2010, 8:24 am

    Steve says:

    Superb coffee. Rich, aromatic flavour.

  • 12 July 2010, 10:11 am

    Andrew Duncan says:

    Ah Machacarmarca, this coffee is like an old friend to me; one I keep coming back to every so often with fond memories.

    I find this really comes alive about 5-7 days after roast when it has settled down a bit. I will be interested as well to see how this crop has changed in the 6 months since I last had some.

    In the cup; Maltesers!

  • 12 July 2010, 8:59 pm

    Fantastic episode Steve!
    They seem like great people. It’s really nice to see where the coffee comes from and put a face to the people that grow it.

    And a little thanks to them for growing such great coffee and giving baristas a chance to bring them to the public. Specialty coffee wouldn’t be much without passionate people throughout the chain.

  • 13 July 2010, 6:45 am

    Peter Hughes says:

    Very nice IMM. For some odd reason i didn’t order any machacamarca in my last batch. Very silly – I must get some more. I stumbled across the website a few weeks ago – well worth a visit. The aerial shots are very nice, in fact, those who enjoy Google Earth tourism can find the farm at approx 16°23’23.50“S 67°30’25.26“W – I think. :-)

  • 13 July 2010, 3:50 pm

    Well watching that explains why the coffee is so good!

    It’s quite obvious that first and foremost that the Andrade family care about good coffee, chucking any old bean out is something they wouldn’t even consider!

    I loved this coffee when I first tried it but haven’t bought any in ages, making it even better to come back to :)

  • 14 July 2010, 7:12 am

    Great stuff. A touch more hazelnut about this year’s crop than last perhaps. Singing through the V60 as a right this, so nice job.

  • 14 July 2010, 7:24 am

    On reflection, no. Not hazelnut. Just got a PN YB vibe there for a second.

  • 14 July 2010, 11:23 am

    Bren_D says:

    Mmm :)

  • 14 July 2010, 6:41 pm

    Bernard says:

    Super in my mug :) looks like a wonderfull place with parrots flying overhead – wow. 1st thing I wanted to do an did was order the coffee, 2nd thing I wanted to do was visit Mario, Lupe and their beautiful farm :) 3rd thing I wanted to do was share this episod with my friends on facebook. I loved the story about their farm,coffee and the birds super. Would have been a nice treat to see you playing ball Steve :)

  • 15 July 2010, 7:36 am

    RolandGlew says:

    A wonderful episode to watch – insightful, interesting, inspirational. To actually hear from the farmers of a coffee themselves is great – that it should be such a good coffee, such a special farm and such open and communicative people is fantastic.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself Steve – it really sounds like a tremendous experience and a lovely place.

  • 15 July 2010, 12:46 pm

    Great to really see what and who is behind this coffee – made for a really interesting episode.

    This was the first bag of beans to arrive from my recent subscription purchase. They were in my grinder and into a french press within 15 minutes of landing on my doormat.

    I was surprised at how light the beans looked, being more used to very dark roasts, but there’s no absence of flavour at all. I’m rubbish at describing flavours and tastes so I’ll leave that to those who can.

    The feel of this in the mouth is delightfully smooth almost velvety and the coffee has quite a long and pleasant finish.

    If the remaining 51 deliveries come anywhere close to this, I shall be a very, very happy man!

  • 15 July 2010, 6:43 pm

    Flibster says:

    Ok, thats a view I could very happily live with. :-)

    I suspected that this would be the IMM this week, but the video is stonkingly good and so interesting.

    As always, I love this coffee. If someone asks for recommendations about a coffee – it’s one of the ones I always recommend.

    This is the coffee that got my parents off supermarket bought preground in the Chemex. Although Hayley @The Window grinds it for them. A grinder is probably going to be their christmas present

    As always – this is such a pleasure to drink at any time and I can’t wait to try the next crop.

  • 16 July 2010, 10:41 am

    Daniel Thomas says:

    Lovely blog, lovely views, lovely people (including you, Steve), lovely coffee. Super in the Cona, soft and warming. Posting late as I just had to try it as an espresso/latte too. Very forgiving tasting coffee: can’t see the taste upsetting anyone, but for me just really magic as a vac pot.

  • 17 July 2010, 4:31 am

    Stephen-Generally, I thoroughly enjoy all the IMM but this one has really raised tha bar. I love the coffee cupping and tasting notes but this visit and dialogue with Lupe and Mario has been absolutely fantastic!
    I have purchased this coffee before and have absolutely loved it. So much that I remember the last time I had some was in January of this year. I think it’s one of the most balanced cups I have had and have told friends that it spoiled me from the beginning. I have had excellent coffees from Bolivia as well and this is absolutely one of them. I will definitely be ordering some again.
    The care, love and passion is evident from producer to roaster…your relationship with this farm specifically is truly an inspiration to me personally/ I can only hope that I can someday do something similar (if not exactly the same-imitation being a pure form of flattery).
    Keep up the excellent work!

  • 18 July 2010, 3:23 pm

    Den says:

    Excellent IMM. This is simply the best coffee in the world.

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