BOLIVIA: Finca Los Rodriguez - Single Origin - 100% Arabica

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  • Bolivia: Finca Los Rodriguez - Single Origin

    Producer: Pedro Rodriguez
    Farm: Samaipata, Santa Cruz
    Altitude: 1500 – 1850 MASL
    Process: Washed
    Varietal: Caturra
    Cup Profile: Chocolate, Orange and Honey.

    Our first ever offering from Bolivia! 

    Finca Los Rodriguez is part of the project by Pedro Rodriguez and his children, Daniela and Pedro Pablo, in which they aim to show how farming in Bolivia can be sustainable and modern, while retaining the highest standards. 

    As a single estate from Los Yungas, Las Paz, this farm only produces the Caturra variety, a slightly smaller natural mutation of Bourbon, rooted in South America.

    We taste chocolate, orange and honey notes from this washed lot, providing a clean flavour profile, that is suitable for both espresso and pour-over.

  • Bolivia - Finca Los Rodriguez - Single Origin

    Producer: Pedro Rodriguez
    Farm: Samaipata, Santa Cruz
    Altitude: 1500 – 1850 MASL
    Process: Washed
    Varietal: Caturra
    Cup Profile: Chocolate, Orange and Honey.

     

    The Region

    The Los Rodriguez farms are situated in the ‘Los Yungas’ region around Caranavi, La Paz department, and Samaipata, Santa Cruz department. Los Yungas is the main traditional coffee growing region of Bolivia, while Samaipata is typically known for its wine production.

    Until the late 19th century, land in Bolivia was owned by wealthy families and barely used for farming but after a reformation by the government in order to increase production in Bolivia and develop new regions, the land was divided and given to local producers, assigning each of them around 8-10 ha. However it was not until around 60 years ago that Bolivia started with commercial coffee production. In that time, coffee farms were managed in a very traditional way, meaning that producers would leave the farms in natures’ hands and only act during harvest season to pick cherries.

    Bolivia’s harvest is between June and November, while the tropical climate and high altitude from the Andes range provides an excellent terroir to cultivated arabica. These optimum conditions when paired with a correct process, selective picking, delicate and controlled drying, and an offset harvest time, has enabled Bolivia to stand out on the international market for the past years.

    Sustainability and Social Impact

    Agricafe also run a social program called “Sol De La Mañana” designed to motivate and train other smallholder producers in their region. It is meant to work like a small school, and it takes 7 years for them to graduate. The producers are guided through every step of coffee farming, starting with the nursery, planting, harvesting, pest prevention, pruning as well as financial management. The idea is for them to learn best coffee practices and to be able to improve their lifestyle significantly, improving coffee cultivation in the country, and motivating others to go back to coffee farming. Currently the producers are initiating year 6, learning about pruning, which is a major and very significant part of coffee farming, producers never applied in traditional coffee farming.

This year we won a Great Taste Award and are a National Finalist in the Rural Business Awards

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