Invalsa News

  • Roastery closed for pickups the next three Fridays.

    2023 will be our 14th year at the Topsfield Fair. Because of the need to rotate staff, for the next three Fridays (until October 6, 2023) our roastery in Salisbury will be closed for pickup orders. Orders online will be served normally. Please plan accordingly.
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  • Wild-collected Beniano cacao beans are now available for immediate shipment

    These extremely rare, Silvestre (Wild) cacao beans are another offering from our friend Volker Leahman (El Cacaotero). This wild harvest cacao (Beniano) from Rio Beni is collected and processed in Carmen del Emero. A small Tacana indigenous village at the lower southern part of the Madidi, situated at the banks of the river, about 8 hours by boat (peque) from Rurrenabaque, downstream. (See the attached map)

    These cacao beans are significantly smaller than hybrid beans but they have 10% more cacao butter, and lots more flavor.  Hybrid cacao beans have about 55% cacao butter, while Heirloom Beniano have 65%, which means higher percentage chocolate on the bar without additional cacao butter.

    You can buy it here!

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  • Chocolates Para Ti (100% Bolivian ) are here!

    We just received a new shipments of these wonderful Chocolates. You can order them here. They are made from Wild Amazonian (Silvestre) Beniano beans. We have a broad selection: 75% dark, 57% dark with Uyuni Sal and Aji (Bolivian chili), to Pure White Chocolate and Chocolate covered Amazonian nuts.  Perfect present for Mother's Day.

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  • The Review by Chocolate Alchemy about our Bolivian Organic Walikeewa cocoa beans

    On July 2022, John Nanci, the Founding Alchemist at Chocolate Alchemy, penned the following unsolicited review (copied on its entirety)."Origin: BoliviaRegion: Alto BeniType: Criollo/TrinatarioCertifications: Certified OrganicYear: 2018/19Flavor Notes: Oh my goodness, where did the TWO chocolate bars on my desk go?  Who are you looking at?  I didn't eat them....I mean... I didn't mean to eat them...ok, I ate them and they made me happy!! ATTENTION chocolate lovers, This is the chocolate you are looking for. It starts off....hang on, before I get into the chocolate, I want to talk about the elephant in the room and that is the...

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  • Just returned from our sourcing trip to Bolivia. Post COVID!

    Happy to report the coffees are awesome and will be shipped in January.  Nelson brought a new supply of Bolivian Chocolates Para Ti. Order them here.  We have plenty of Bolivian micro lots and FTOs as posted in our previous blog. Best of all. We have not increased our prices (yet!) Stock up for the holidays! -Nelson

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  • New Crop Microlot coffees from Bolivia are finally here. They are available at our warehouses in NJ, CA & MA

    Clemente Mamani from Kantutani. Order here: We have three microlots at the Annex in Alameda, CA from two new farmers and an accomplished one. We have two new farmers at Continental in NJ and the old favorites: Celso Mayta -Cafe Golondrina. Organic Peaberry, Carolina Villalobos and Porfirio Mamani.  We also have FTO's AA and AAA, and organic Cascara! Bernardino Aliaga from Taipiplaya. Order here:  Juan Jose (Juanjo) Machicado from Kantutani. Order here:  Ruben Caceres from San Ignacio. Order here:   Humberto Mamani & Amalia From San Ignacio. Order here: Organic Peaberry Microlot; Order here.Organic Cascara. Order here.Celso Mayta Microlot. Order...

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  • The Coffee Review scored 92 points for this microlot!

    We are proud to report that on The Coffee Review, this coffee earned the third-highest rating in a cupping of African Great Lakes coffees for Coffee Review’s June 2021 report.  Moreover it earned the distinct motion for a successful dark toast: "Most coffees we test over the course of a year are light-medium to medium in roast, reflecting each individual roaster’s personally calibrated goal of fully developing the character of the bean while leaving behind neither a distracting scorchy edge nor the grassy, nutty hints of an underdeveloped roast. This month, however, we review one successful darker roast, the Valverde...

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  • The second shipment of our favorite Burundian microlot just arrived!

    We just received a shipment of  this superb, tasty and memorable Burundian, all-women microlot from the Matongo Community, Kinyovu Washing Station. Cupping Score: 87 points (up from 86.5 last crop). Read the cupping notes. You can order it here. Due to Covid 19, our new crop Bolivians are coming-in but late. Microlots arriving at the Annex in Oakland first half of May and Microlots (including our famed organic peaberry) and Fair Trade Organics (FTOs) arriving at Continental in NY in late May.  Enjoy! Farm Manager, Juanjo Machicado at our farm in Kantutani

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  • Costa Rica COE National Winner. 86.6 points from International Jury!

    We purchased this award-winning microlot at a COE-run International Auction. The coffee beans were packed at origin in 50-kilo (110 lbs.) GrainPro® bags. These coffee beans won second place as National Winners (the preliminary round before final Cup of Excellence winners) in Costa Rica's 2020 Cup of Excellence competition, with an average cupping score from the international judges of 86.55. The farm is called Flor de Café which means coffee flower. This name was chosen by Carlos' daughters Karla and Cristel because on one occasion when they walked through the farm, it was in full bloom. With much admiration to...

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  • We just received New Crop coffees from Bolivia. They are available at our warehouses in NJ, CA & MA

    Just for variety a nice shot of Bolivian Alpaca and baby Cria. Nice shot, Nelson! Celso Mayta our 50/50 equity partner as Cafe Golondrina was the proud first-place winner of the 2019 Presidential Coffee competition (Bolivian successor to the COE), judged by an international Jury with 92 points and bought by Saza Coffee from Japan at $33/lb., at auction.  The varietal is Geisha seeds that we imported from Finca La Esmeralda in Panama Our chief green coffee buyer and Coffee Lab Manager proudly showing our new Geisha cherries Juanjo Machicado our happy farm manager at Kantutani, where we are harvesting...

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