ORIGIN: SAMAIPATA, BOLIVIA
NOTES: BLACK TEA, CRANBERRY, ORANGE
The Rodriguez Family has been one of the principle drivers moving quality and sustainable coffee production forward in Bolivia. They hold strong to many important core values including honesty, responsibility, transparency, integrity and innovation. Because of these and many others, the Rodriguez Family has been successful in pioneering incredible specialty coffee in Bolivia, during a time when Coca Leaf production has reduced the amount and quality of production as a whole in Bolivia.
We have been working with the Rodriguez Family for 3 years now and they have been one of our strongest and most meaningful producing relationships.
Samaipata is an area near the city of Santa Cruz that is favoured for its tropical micro-climate and rich growing conditions. Typically an area known for its fruit and wine production, the Rodriguez family were the first to develop the land to plant coffee. The farms have higher relative altitude, which gives a bit more potential to the development of interesting flavours and slower cherry maturation.
Floripondio is one of 5 farms that the family planted in the area, and is named after a tree with a flower that had hallucinogenic properties. It was thought that laying under this tree would make the person start dreaming.
The Java variety was originally brought to the Island of Java directly from Ethiopia, where it was subsequently brought to Camaroon, Costa Rica, and eventually other Central / South American countries. It was genetically traced to Ethiopia landrace selections, although it was thought to be related to Typica.
WHY DOES THIS COFFEE TASTE THE WAY THAT IT DOES?
• The Java variety is a very unique variety that is the main reason this coffee tastes the way it does
• The cherry selection is extremely precise and thorough (less than 5% floaters) meaning that the cup profile is very sweet and very expressive of its origin.
• The growing region is higher altitude and holds alot of potential for high quality production