La Bolsa, natural, Guatemala (170g)
Notes: Tropical Fruit, Malt, Black Tea
La Bolsa is the oldest of the three Vides 58 farms. Tucked in between majestic mountains, it looks like it has been placed within a bag, hence its atypical name, "Bolsa", meaning "bag" in Spanish. It is a magnificent 108-hectare farm with a history, situated on a limestone soil at an altitude of between 1,300 and 1,600 metres. It is a site suspended in time that benefits from very good weather conditions.
The farm is located at a very high altitude, which is rare, but above all it differs from the others in that perfection and innovation are constant priorities. Here, coffee quality remains a primary concern. The harvesting and drying processes are regularly reviewed and improved to ensure an exceptional coffee. And this work has paid off, since La Bolsa has won numerous awards for the quality of its coffees, including a Cup of Excellence in 2002.
La Bolsa is a red bourbon and as a naturally processed coffee has surprising complexity. It’s very tropical in character and with dominant notes of lychee and black tea, is more delicate than you’d expect from this process.
The Ovalle family invests a great deal in their employees by developing a number of ambitious social projects for their plantations, including:
- a day care facility and school for their employees' children
- meals for all workers
- a higher wage than that paid by most of the country's farms