Coffee: Bird & Wild Raul Mamani Peru

Coffee Review

3.5 stars

We’re used to coffee being branded by style or by region, or even by the farm of origin – but I think this is the first time that I’ve had a coffee simply branded with the name of the man who grew it.

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Raul Mamani‘s family smallholding is in the Tampbopata region of Peru, close to the Bolivian border. As with Bird & Wild‘s other coffee, this is certified Bird Friendly and Organic and is grown under the shade of the surrounding rainforest.

The grounds have a rich aroma, toffee blending with sweet, ripe oranges while underneath lurks a sharp, citrus acidity and just a hint of sun-parched wood.

Brewed, the acidity is more pronounced – more exotic fruits appear, melon and perhaps even a touch of mango. The richness remains, but the sweetness is reduced.

In the mouth, it’s initially almost fruity; gently honey sweet with soft, slightly under-ripened strawberries giving a nicely filling body to the coffee. The acidity only really kicks in later, continuing to build even after you’ve swallowed and leaving a lingering dryness.

I’m torn by this coffee; sometimes when I drink it that acidic bite in the finish is just too overwhelming and other times it just feels like the perfect finish. It swings from a three star coffee to a four star one depending on my mood, which averages out to 3.5 stars.

Many thanks to Bird & Wild for this sample.

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