This coffee was acquired through direct trade with Agricafe, a family run and operated company in Bolivia. With direct trade, we can be sure that the farmers are being treated fairly and properly compensated for their work. Also, because we are in direct contact with the farmers, we can get more information about the cultivating and harvesting of the coffee. We are incredibly excited to be able to bring the coffee directly from the farm to you.
The Los Rodriguez family were searching for new specialty coffee producing regions around Bolivia, and in their search they ended up 120km outside of Santa Cruz, near Samaipata, where they planted the first trees to create the farm known as Floripondio. The farm was named after the Floripondio trees (often called Angel’s Trumpet in English) that are native to the area and found on the farm.
Floripondio has all the distinct characteristics which make a good coffee farm; high altitude, a rich soil profile, and a tropical microclimate characterized with high humidity in the day and cool temperatures at night. The Los Rodriguez family decided this farm would be a perfect location to experiment with planting different coffee varieties. With over 60 different varieties planted to date, it holds the title for the biggest variety garden in Bolivia. These varieties are taken from all around the world and Floripondio is used to discover which varieties best fit the different growing conditions found in Bolivia. At the end of each harvest the varieties are tasted to decide which ones will work best to grow in other farms across Bolivia.
Caturra is a natural mutation of Bourbon that was discovered in Minas Gerais, Brazil during the early 1900’s and is now a common variety found in countries throughout Central and South America. The two types of Caturra, Yellow and Red, are similar apart from their colour and slight differences in cup profile. From this crop of Yellow Caturra we get clean flavours, high sweetness, and a creamy texture.