Bolivia - Kusillo - Speciality Coffee Beans - Limited Edition
We have limited supply of this high SCA scoring coffee from the Bolivia, who only produced 30 bags total of this incredible high scoring SCA coffee.
Kusillo is located in the colony of Bolinda, which lies in a lush, steep mountain valley around 10 kilometres outside of the town of Caranavi. The colony of Bolinda was founded 52 years ago and was once known as ‘Bolivia Linda’ or ‘Beautiful Bolivia’. Over the years this name was shortened to Bolinda, and it is now one of the larger settlements in the area.
Bolivia has an interesting coffee history and although it was exporting close to 85,000 bags in the early 2000, Bolivian coffees almost disappeared at the end of the last decade. In 2018, only 23,300 bags were exported. A tiny portion of these were sold as Specialty grade. The reasons for this are multiple but the main one was the coffee rust that hit the coffee regions very hard and decimated many farms.
Finca Kusillo (Kusillo translates to monkey and is a reference to a character from Bolivian folklore) is owned by the Rodriguez family who started their business in 1986. At that time, the family used to rent wet mills in Caranavi region, buying cherries from 2,000 producers. In 2001 they built their current wet mill, called Buena Vista, in Caranavi. Very quickly a dry mill in la Paz was built and the family started exporting operations. In 2012, a few years after the national drop of production, they decided to buy land and start farming as well. They now have 8 farms in Caranavi region (60 ha) and 5 farms in Samaipata region (60 ha). In 2019, the won the SCA Sustainability award in the category ‘Best Sustainable Business Model’.
We have medium roasted this delectable coffee to try to bring out it's unique characteristics; subtle floral notes with some amazing fruity and juicy Pomegranate and Apple flavours that should leave no bitterness in the mouth. We think this coffee is suitable for a variety of brew methods, but we've really enjoyed this as an espresso and creates a delicious base for a milky drink.
Packed and supplied in 100% biodegradable resealable bags and available for you to buy online as whole beans for you to grind yourself, we've also made our Bolivian Kusillo coffee available to purchase as freshly ground coffee in coarse, medium or fine.
Floral, Pomegranate, Apple
Tasting notes are spot on. Absolutely beautiful, probably not best through an espresso machine but the taste was lovely. I wish my pour over skills were better so I could bring out the full flavours.
All in all bloody lovely coffee
Quick Grind Guide: Our Coffee Grinds Explained
|Whole Beans||For you to grind at home with your own grinder|
|Coarse||Ideal for cafetière, French press|
|Medium||Ideal for V60, AeroPress, Chemex|
|Fine||Ideal for espresso, moka pot|
For a more detailed explanation of the variety of grinds that are used around the world, please take the time to visit and read our blog article - Ground Coffee... Grinding It Out - Our Coffee Grind Guide.