STONE FRUITS, COCOA NIBS AND
VARIETAL / TYPICA, CATURRA, CATUAI
PRODUCER / SOL DE LA MANANA PROGRAM
PROCESS / WASHED
ALTITUDE / 1500-1650 MASL
SCORE / 86
The Sol de la Manana program brings together a hand-picked group of famers of the Caranavi region to focus on sharing knowledge and providing technical assistance with the aim of increasing quality. Established by Agricafe, the program aims to engender sustainable long term profitability for the farmers, and keep Bolivia’s coffee production alive.
Pedro Rodriguez was approached by desperate farmers in 2012, so he spent months planning the program, and established that the farmers needed to increase their yield per hectare, and be able to reap prices that paid for the farmers’ efforts and expenditure.
A training curriculum that focuses on one aspect of farming at a time was created, and workshops with recognised agronomists set up throughout the year. All this knowledge sharing lead to fantastic results – greatly improved quality and almost triple the yield of cherries per hectare. As well as improving the profitability for the famers involved, Sol de la Manana has strengthened the community as individuals share their successes and become more confident and proactive in the coffee farming industry.
There were just 900kg of this stunning peaberry lot from the 2018/19 harvest. Processed on the same day as picking, the cherries were pulped, dry fermented and cleaned and dried in a stationary drier for 55 hours. Further drying occurred on raised beds in a greenhouse, where the beans were turned regularly and meticulously inspected for defects. Resting took place at La Paz, and then the beans were milled at the Rodriguez family’s dry mill. Additional screening and hand sorting was the last step prior to packing into the sacks.
$22.00 – $24.00