90+ Find: Celso Mayta -Cafe Golondrina (Bolivia). Geisha. 92-point Competiton Winner. NEW ARRIVAL!

90+ Find: Celso Mayta -Cafe Golondrina (Bolivia). Geisha. 92-point Competiton Winner. NEW ARRIVAL!

Origin Bolivia
Region Copacabana and Fortin counties in Caranavi
Farm / Coop Cafe Golondrina (Swallow's Farm)
Altitude 4,700 - 5,290 feet
Varietals Geisha (100%)
Processing Fully washed
Certifications Grown using organic practices but not certified
Our Cup Notes 91 points. AROMA/FLAVOR: Vanilla, Jasmine. Sweet mint (lemon balm). Champagne, Passion Fruit. Super Clean & Extra Sweet. ACIDTY: Effervescent clementine (citric). OTHER: Silky aftertaste, full flavor, herbal finish. Great lightly roasted for pour-over methods.

This coffee is form the same farmer, variety and year of the coffee that won first place in the internationally-judged 2019 Bolivia Cafe Presidencial competition. However, it is not from the four bags that were submitted for such judging. At auction, the competition winner was bought for $33/lb as green (unroasted) coffee by Saza Coffee of Japan. It was shipped by air to us in the US. We only have half a bag left.  This coffee roasted normally sells for over $70/lb.

Celso Mayta's farm is called Finca Golondrina, after the swallows that fly in the sky above his coffee trees. It is located in Zona Illimani, Colonia Copacabana, Caranavi Province. Celso works with his family to process and sell their coffee. He is our partner in our Copacabana & Fortin farms, where together, in a legal partnership, we work managing  27 hectares of planted coffee beans. Our farms started production in 2018.

Celso was born in 1972 but he is already an expert coffee producer, and an inspiration for other coffee growers. In 2004, things were not going so well. Celso was ready to burn his coffee trees, which he had worked with his family since he was three years old, and was all set to grow coca leaves. Growing coca is legal in Bolivia and is a centuries-old Andean tradition. "Until then coffee was only good to survive, coca was better," he says. "Bolivian coffee was exported with a 20% discount because quality was poor and unpredictable. I didn't know what quality meant, so out of curiosity I decided to attend some classes about improving coffee growing practices." What he learned paid off. In 2005 he decided to participate in the second Bolivia Cup of Excellence competition. His coffee submission came in second place and Celso sold the lot on the international auction for $17,000 (six times what he would have received in the domestic market). With the money, he tripled the size of his coffee plantation.

Invalsa has been buying Celso's coffee since 2010, and as stated above, since 2015 we have been working with him to develop an improved-varietal coffee seeding nursery and mechanized washing station at Finca Golondrina and Finca Fortin. We are very proud of our ongoing partnership with Celso.

Celso's wife, Carmen and his son Wilmer work in the family farm. His daughter, little Susie (on the pictures below) is just beginning to help out.. Cafe Golondrina has already earned a wonderful international reputation and we hope to maintain it for many years to come.

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