We Nitrogen Flush all of our coffee when bagging for an inert shelf stable environment by locking freshness inside for up to 6 weeks prior to opening
Farm Owner: Los Rodriguez Family
Region: Samaipata, Santa Cruz
Altitude: 1710 MASL
This 100% Batian nano-lot comes from Floripondio, one of four farms owned and operated by the Rodríguez family in Bolivia’s Samaipata region.
Samaipata is a relatively new coffee growing region located in the eastern department of Santa Cruz, at the foot of the Bolivian Andes. The Rodríguez family, who also own the exporting business Agricafe Bolivia, first established their business in the traditional coffee growing region of Caranavi, where they currently operate eight farms and a wet mill. In 2012 they expanded to the region of Samaipata, which is historically known for producing food crops like fruit and vegetables.
This was risky move – coffee had never been planted here before – but Pedro recognised the region had the right conditions to produce exceptional quality coffee, with high elevations, nutrient-rich soil and a similar climate to Caranavi’s (with the main difference being that Samaipata is a little less tropical and drier). After their success in growing exceptional coffee at their first farm in the region, El Fuerte, the Rodríguez family have continued investing more heavily in Samaipata, planting three more farms, including Floripondio in 2014, and building a wet mill to process the coffees grown here.
Samaipata means ‘Rest of the Heights’, and is a small, picturesque town. A scenic road that runs along a beautiful river leads to the town centre, attracting Bolivians and tourists alike. The valley surrounding the town ranges between 1,600-1,800 meters above sea level, and has a fairly extreme climate. During the day the temperature is 25-30°C, dropping to as low as to 8-10°C during the night. This slows down the ripening of the coffee cherries, allowing the sugars of the fruit to concentrate in the flesh and bean, which in turn helps produce an incredibly sweet and complex coffee.
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