Owned by the Iturralde family, and sitting in a valley between mountain ridges in the Andes, Finca Takesi is 2400 meters above sea level, possibly the highest elevation in the world where coffee is grown. Takesi’s coffee trees grow in six feet of a dense topsoil, called humus, layered over volcanic soil and rocks. The farms location in the Andes makes a unique microclimate caused by the mixing of cool and warm winds at the precise location of the farm. Seemingly perpetual cloud cover means that the coffee plants are rarely exposed to direct sunlight. Mariana Iturralde and her father, Carlos, have taken advantage of these unique conditions to push the coffee trees to their best.
Takesi Java, Bolivia
While the Java is normally unavailable to the majority of Finca Takesi’s buyers, for this year only, we were able to get our hands on a small allocation of this uncommon paragon of the variety.