Pedro Flores, Caranavi Bolivia
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ALTITUDE 1,500-1,670m above sea level
VARIETY Caturra, Catuai
PRODUCER Pedro Flores
This coffee was produced by Pedro Flores in the settlement of Villa Rosario, which is located 180km from La Paz, in the heart of the Caranavi province. This region is the epicentre for coffee production in Bolivia, with incredibly high altitudes, rich soil and wide daily temperature ranges providing great conditions to produce exceptional coffee.
Pedro’s farm, El Mirador, is 10 hectares in size and is located at 1,500–1,670m above sea level. On the farm there are heirloom Caturra, Catuaí, and Typica varieties, and the harvest runs from June to October, with the peak harvest in June and July.
Pedro Flores was born in the Aroma province, in the department of La Paz. When he was six years old, he and his family moved to Caranavi. At the time, there was a crisis in the mining sector, because the commodity price for minerals was very low. To try to boost the economy and support the poorest communities in Altiplano (a town above La Paz), the government gifted parcels of land in Caranavi to many families, including Pedro’s, to encourage them to move out of La Paz and find other ways to build a living.
Pedro inherited his family’s farm when he was just 14 years old, and at 18, he started growing coffee, alongside tomatoes and citrus fruit, on the farm. Like many families in Villa Rosario, Pedro initially relied on selling his coffee at the local market, which meant low prices and little reliability. But over the last decade, Pedro has focused on producing specialty coffee. Now, he selectively picks his coffee cherries and has completely renovated his farm, and sells his top-grade coffees for substantially higher prices to our partners at Agricafe, who process specialty lots at their Buena Vista washing station located in Caranavi, not far from Pedro’s farm.