Cup profile and tasting notes
Wonderful sweet lime acidity, ripe hop, grapefruit, complex and intense cup.
|Variety||Catuai / Caturra|
|Altitude||1600 - 1800 masl|
|City/Town||Flor de Mayo|
£9.50 for a bag of coffee, really Coffee Real, I had to think more than twice before buying, but I have to say this coffee is stunning, really stunning. Still not sure about the price but will be buying more, Notes spot on.
Our Delivery Policy
Where do we deliver?
We would deliver to Mars if we could – to reach the whole of the universe with good coffee, but it is not that simple – so for now we deliver to:
UK: Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office.
Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
How long will it take?
We do not work at weekends so the term working day means Monday to Friday. If you place an order on the weekend it will not be sent out until Monday.
All orders placed before 13:00hrs 'normally' go out the same day. We do not guarantee orders go out the same day as ordered.
Royal Mail - You can order up to 2kg (7 x 250g bags) using Royal Mail first or second class - orders over 2kg will be sent using Interlink Next Day
UK Mail Next Day - using this service you can order up to 10kg (38 x 250g bags) will ensure your order gets to you the next working day once the order is despatched from the roastery.
If you use this service you maybe required to sign for the delivery unless you elect to take responsibility for loss if left in a safe place. You will receive an email update from UKMail with a one hour delivery window and using the consignment number you track your order.
How do we keep you updated as to the status of your order.
Once you have placed your order you will receive 2 status updates - they will be:
Order confirmation – this means we have received your order and the coffee is yet to be roasted.
Shipped confirmation – this means your order has left our roastery by your chosen method.
Do we meet our delivery deadlines?
We try our best to meet the delivery deadline quoted, but on the odd occasion a parcel can be delayed due to reasons that are out of our control.
Why don't we offer free postage?
Nothing is free in life. We know you all love free postage and sometimes we do offer it as part of a promotion, but it is our policy to charge for postage. We have considered offering free postage but the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere by you the customer. We don’t hide our postage costs.
Missing, Damaged or Incorrect Orders
We try very hard to ensure you receive your order in pristine condition. If you do not receive all your products or in the unlikely event that a product arrives damaged, please contact us via the email address within the 'contact us' section of the website.
Please note: Royal Mail does not class an international shipment as lost or missing for 28 working days unfortunately we can not take any action until this time has passed. During that time we recommend that you ask your local sorting office / post office if they've tried to deliver (even if they haven't left a card) and ask your neighbours if your order has been left with them. You should also check that the delivery address you gave us is correct, this can be found on your shipping confirmation email. If your delivery still hasn't arrived after 14 working days and you have performed the above steps then please email us.
Change of Mind, Address and Cancellations
You can cancel your purchase at any time either before or up to 7 working days* following the day you receive the goods by emailing us at the address shown in the 'contact us' section of the website.
Your product must be complete and in 'as new' condition e.g. if you have opened the postal packet to examine the product you must have done so without damaging or marking the product or packaging. It must not have been used and it must have the heat seal still in place. It should be returned with the original postal packet and packing note you received with it.
Please note that orders that have been ground to order (e.g - not whole roasted beans) may be exempt from our usual returns policy, as these represent a customised special order item. Any 'Free Gifts' received with the product must also be returned. Coffee Real will not refund the cost of postage incurred in returning a item.
If you follow the steps above you will receive a full refund of the product price and any delivery charge paid.
We cannot cancel your purchase when:
The seal has been broken on any products, or the goods were a special order to your specification.
To qualify for a refund or exchange the product must be:
In otherwise "as new" condition; and complete with any free gifts offered with it and, if possible, the original box and packaging.
This promise does not cover faults caused by accident, neglect, misuse or normal wear and tear.
If you have a coffee subscription with us please note that if you change your address and/or product profile in your account settings after the purchase date this will not update your current order, only future orders and thus you will need to notify us by email of any changes you wish to make.
For us, a Bolivian crop never disappoints, and this coffee is a prime example. Generally good quality Bolivian coffee is only to be found in fairly small volumes and what is presented could be deemed as a high price. This makes our Bolivian crops far more expensive than say a top quality Central American. However, we feel the cup quality more than merits the price.
The other thing to say is that this crop comes from a single producer (Felipe Diaz) farming fewer than 10 hectare which is achieving some very high quality yields. This is also unusual as most of the quality crop that comes out of Bolivia is coop based.
Felipe grew up with coffee helping his mother Mariana with the land and harvest while at school along with his five brothers and sisters. The money raised from the coffee crop just about provided food and schooling for the family.
Then in 2008, a couple of technicians from FECAFEB (Federacion de Caficultores Exportadores de Bolivia which offers services such as technical assistance, training, and financial aid to its member cooperatives) introduced the Diaz family to the Cup of Excellence competition.
Long story short - the family’s coffee was top thirty placed and with the extra money made from the crop the family improved their house and bought tools to further improve their coffee quality and their plantation. Today the family is still working hard, planting new stock and increasing yield and the quality of their coffee - the proceeds of producing and selling quality have bought more land to farm and small wet mill.
We are scheduled to spend some time in Taipiplaya Bolivia this year (2017/18), which lies about 160 kilometres from La Paz in the heart of a prime coffee-producing region. The area is lush and fertile, and its steep slopes and valleys provide excellent conditions for growing speciality coffee, as well as supporting a diverse range of native flora and fauna.
The farm is at an altitude of 1,600 to 1,800 metres above sea level (m.a.s.l.), with average annual temperature between 16 and 27°C. and no chemicals or pesticides are used and thus certified organic – (although we opted out of organic certification back in 2011).
The harvest is from May to September, with main crop coming in June-July. The cherries are handpicked when ripe and are fully washed. The cherries are then dried over a 10 day period.
The Cup of Excellence competitions that inspired Felipe to do well and better his coffee are no longer held in Bolivia (since 2009) due to the Bolivian government’s opposition to accepting American aid money to pay for the competitions. Jorge Valverde was the coordinator of the last two COE competitions in Bolivia, which were very successful, and most of the farmers that Invalsa works with were former participants in the COE.