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Bolivia Organic Apolo


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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

The Correo community in Apolo––where workers make and keep their revenue––consists of only a handful of farmers led by Don Ricardo and his family. This coffee bean grows in an area with high elevation, hot days, and cool nights––this allows the seed’s walls to stabilize and lock in its sweet-acidic flavor as its fruit fully develops.

Cupping notes: Chocolate aromas that carry into the flavor, with mild notes of clean citrus. Heavy body, with a tangerine acidity and a sweet caramel finish.

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Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CategoryOrganic
  • CountryBolivia
  • Local RegionApolo
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietyTypica, Castillo
  • Altitude (meters)1,700 masl
  • HarvestSeptember - December
  • Organic CertificationYes
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:6
  • Body:7
  • Aroma:4
  • Complexity:4
  • Balance:5
  • Sweetness:4
  • Chocolaty:medium bean
  • Buttery:light bean
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Earthy:light bean

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by on June 6, 2022

I have roasted about 1 lb of these beans. The color was a bit lighter then I expected from a 15 minute roast which may just be my roasting technique as I am still learning what I am doing. THe flavor is nice and bright in the lighter roast I did. The medium roasted beans are not as rich on the pallet as I had hoped but as this is a my first bean I picked out to work through I am satisfied with the bean as a whole. Look forward to roasting some more.

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by on June 6, 2022

First tried a 1lb bag, then 3, then 5. Initially preferred Bolivian Caranavi; but when I switch from a WhirleyPop to an SR800 w/extension tube Apolo became my favorite. Day ago roasted my 14th batch; hit start of yellow (300° chamber temp probe) 3:00; 1st-K 8:00 (395°) & because I had a strong 1st-K after my 425° probe alarm at 1:50 into 1st-K did 4, 1oz scoops (average 2) & then hit 2nd-K 3:10 into 1st at 420°. I thought “Wow, 420.” I didn’t know beans could retain that much heat. Removing/returning the chaff basket & scoop’n takes 10 seconds & the roast chamber temp drops to 390° & would be lower but I drop the fan speed and often charge the heat before scoop’n or after. The heat momentum returns faster when I hit 1st-K earlier (7:30) & slower when later (8:30). When I don’t scoop 2nd-K is normally ±444°. I brew Hario pour over at 203° & ’m getting clean, smooth, mellow favor notes with a trailing subtle dark roast favor when keeping 2nd-K to 0:05 or 0:10 when I hit cooling mode (C-3). After 10–20 seconds at C-3 I dump to an external cooling basket. I’ve done back to back roasts of Apolo at different roast levels for blending but prefer the cup’n of this method. Seems a forgiving bean like Apolo is also suitable for beginners.

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by on February 8, 2022

This was my first Bolivian coffee, and did a medium dark roast on a Sweet Maria’s Popper. I really am enjoying the medium full body, solid aroma and smooth chocolate notes at the finish. This will be a repeat bean for me.

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by on February 3, 2022

Roasted to medium and pushed toward the start of second crack. Has almost the typical commercial coffee profile used to stand up to syrups and milk. Not overly distinct beyond the slightly fruity and smokey notes.

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by on January 1, 2022

This is the first bean I tried in my sr800. The extension tube hasn't shown yet, so I ran the 800 straight outta the box. Ran it to about a minute past 1st crack and left it on cool cycle for 4 minutes. Roughly 10-12 minutes total but I was scrambling to make sure I was doing everything "right" so I'm not totally sure. After 72 hours: Interesting! The citrus shines through but it's slightly muted by the AMAZING body and mouthfeel. It finishes a bit chocolatey and sorta like raisins... and incredibly smoothly. Surprised me how smooth. Going to try the Apolo a bit darker to see what happens to those interesting citrus notes. I'm guessing more of the earthy, chocolate will shine through. Side note; I love Bolivian coffee... so I'm partial. Awesome bean to start with! Super impressed with the sr800, even without the extension tube.

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