Bolivia Samaipata Agricafe Finca Los Rodriguez SL-34 – 31412 – 60.0 kg GrainPro Bags – SPOT RCWHSE

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About this coffee


Rodriguez Family Farms


1500 - 1850 masl




Clay loam


Samaipata, Santa Cruz department, Bolivia


Fully washed


June - November



Coffee Background

Roasters fall into two categories when it comes to Boliva's coffee: those that know, and those that don't know. For those who know, Agricafe is one of the most sought-after producer groups not just in Bolivia, but in all of South America, and buyers line up every year for their one-of-a-kind microlots. For those who don't know, it is often the cup qualities—diverse, fascinating, unexpectedly delicious—that grab their attention for life. 

This year in addition to our regular direct trade imports we have curated a group of microlots from Agricafe's close-knit farm network for our own inventory. This is a washed microlot of the traditionally Kenyan cultivar, SL-34, propagated specially by the Rodriguez family on their own farms. The cup is indeed quite Kenya-like with bright mandarin orange, peach, pineapple, and caramel. 

Agricafe and the Rodriguez Family 

Specialty groups like Agricafe deserve a lot of credit for their dedication to Bolivia's coffee potential, despite the odds. Agricafe was established in 1986 as a passion project by Pedro Rodriguez, who at that time was a banker whose love for coffee led him to start a small commercial grade exporting business. In 2012, 26 years later, Rodriguez acquired land of his own in Caranavi. This part of Bolivia had for decades been populated with indigenous smallholder coffee farmers, but after suffering multiple waves of disinvestment by the government the population was shrinking, and coffee in particular was close to extinction. Rodriguez’s original farm, “La Linda”, was meant to take advantage of affordable land in the area and to demonstrate to local smallholders how productivity could be increased for their benefit. Now, 10 years after La Linda was built, the family business includes 12 family farms between Caranavi and Samaipata, to the south, and a group of 100 smallholders who together comprise Agricafe’s “Sol de la Mañana” program. Pedro’s daughter Daniela and son Pedro Pablo are also part of the business, managing commercial operations and farmer training.  

The Rodriguez family's Samaipata farms are some of the region's first coffee plantations. Samaipata and the greater Santa Cruz department are well-known for wine production, and for a cosmopolitanism not shared by the more austere cultures of La Paz and the heavily-indigenous Yungas regions. The family farms reach higher altitudes here than in Caranavi and are less humid with less rainfall, making processing a more predictable affair. 

Central Processing at Agricafe 

All coffee from Rodriguez family farms is processed centrally at Agricafe’s wet mill Samaipata. Processing here has come to reflect the innovation and attention to detail that the Rodriguez family seems to exude against all odds for such a remote location. Cherry is collected each day at the farms and delivered to the wet mill in the evenings. Cherry is carefully sorted on arrival, and then, since every cherry delivery is treated as a unique microlot, it’s processed according to what Agricafe’s quality managers decide is the best pairing for a particular farm, cultivar, time of year, and in many cases buyer specification. Washed coffee processing is done anaerobically by default, with freshly-pulped parchment going straight into large sealed plastic drums for fermentation. Once fermentation is complete the drums are emptied and the parchment (and drums themselves) are pressure-washed clean. 

Agricafe produces washed, natural, honey, anaerobic natural, and experimental fermentations using coffee fermentation must, all in a very compact production space. A full harvest at Agricafe generates thousands of unique lots of coffee, which are then recombined by their cuppers or buyers to create larger lots, such as this one. 

The SL-34 seedstock was originally sourced by the Rodriguez family from farmer connections in Kenya. Propagation began as an experiment but the trees’ high production and exceptionally bright cup quality convinced them to plant more and more in recent years.