In 2002 when we were first introduced to coffee from Bolivia it was considered a highly unusual coffee for North Americans. Pedro and Daniela of Agricafé have made a concerted effort to build their coffee milling company on quality and in doing so have promoted both organic farming methods and expert post-harvest techniques. The result has been a continuous improvement in the cup to the point now that it is a much sought after coffee commanding a fabulous price.
Farmers live in Caranavi (Yungas), Chapare and Buena Vista. The majority are Aymara farming families. Some farmers spend half the year in the high Andes tending potato crops and keeping llamas and half the year picking the coffee harvest and weeding and pruning their coffee trees. Their only export crop is coffee.
Trips to Los Yungas are always exciting. The trek in includes precariously steep mountainside roads and our arrival is rewarded with the experience of tasting these delicious coffees while gazing upon the lush valley views..both awaken our senses.
Trading Partner: Agricafé
Background of Agricafé: Agricafé employs over 50% women. It has a well established cupping lab and purchases from approximately 1200 farmers.
Farmer Profile: Farmers live in Caranavi (Yungas), Chapare and Buena Vista. The majority are Aymara farming families. Some farmers spend half of the year in the high Andes, tending to potato crops and keeping llamas, and half the year picking the coffee harvest and weeding/pruning their coffee trees. 15 farming families sell to a local washing and drying station set up by the Montano family. Their only export crop is coffee.
Direct Fair Trade Premiums: Premiums from purchases of Bolivia coffee are directed towards educational training in agronomy, educational scholarships for children of farming families, and a salary for a local social worker assisting in the farming community.