Bolivia Samaipata Java
- February 2020
- Written by : Michael Sheridan
Director of Sourcing and Shared Value / Green Coffee Buyer
Bolivian coffee is still something of a novelty in the specialty coffee market. While the best coffees from Bolivia may rank among the finest in the world, the country produces little coffee in comparison with its mighty neighbors Brazil, Colombia, and Peru. Most Bolivian specialty coffee comes from the Caranavi region, a four-hour drive from the capital La Paz through massive mountains and vertiginous valleys that take your breath away. Images of these rugged Andean landscapes have been synonymous with Bolivian coffee, but Caranavi is not the only coffee region in Bolivia. If this lot is any indication, it may not even be the best.
A few hours north of Bolivia’s thriving second city of Santa Cruz, in eastern Bolivia where the Andes descend into the Amazon basin, is an emerging coffee region centered in the municipality of Samaipata. The gently rolling mountains around Samaipata are beginning to redefine the image of Bolivian specialty coffee, and have become the newest focus of our oldest Direct Trade partners in Bolivia, the Rodríguez family — Pedro and his children Daniela and Pedro Pablo.
The family’s farms there are marked by the same meticulous planning and crisp execution that characterize its Caranavi operations, but Samaipata’s distinctive growing environment creates a different range of sensory possibilities for the family’s coffees. This Java varietal lot from the Rodríguez family’s Finca Floripondio is the first one we have sourced from Samaipata.