Floripondio Bolivia Cup of Excellence
*Ships in early April 2023 - only 100 bags available
Cup of Excellence Private Auction Rank: #7
Taste Notes: Concord Grape, Toasted Brown Sugar
Limited Edition 6oz bag (70 bags available)
Early April 2023
Orange, Rasins, Maple
SL-34 + Batian + SL-28
About The Coffee
We found the Floripondio coffee, auctioned in the "Exotics" category, to have a remarkably clean, juicy taste with notes of orange and raisin, rounded out by a hint of maple body. To accentuate the coffee's natural body and sweetness, we roasted it light-medium, pulling it a few seconds after first crack.
This coffees is from the famous SL-28 and SL-34 varietals which tend to have unmatched sweetness with a dynamic flavor profile. SL-28 is among the most well-known and well-regarded varieties of Africa and around the world. It has consequently spread from Kenya, where it was originally selected in the 1930s, to other parts of Africa and now to Latin America including Bolivia.
As with all our specialty micro-lots, we recommend brewing Floripondio as a pour-over for the best taste experience, although it can also be enjoyed as a fun espresso with a dash of milk.
The Revival of Bolivian Coffee
Bolivia's coffee production dates back to 1880 when large landowners dominated the industry. However, despite its long history, the country has remained a minor player in the global market due to its limited production. In recent years, coffee exports from Bolivia have declined, dropping from 70,000 bags in 2010 to only 22,000 bags in 2019. To tackle this issue and ensure fair prices for coffee farmers, Agricafe has introduced two initiatives, the "Fincas Los Rodriguez" and the "Sol de la Mañana Program".
Agricafe is a Bolivian family-owned coffee company that produces coffee from its own farms and sources premium micro lots from small farmers in Los Yungas and Santa Cruz. Established in 1986 by Pedro Rodriguez, who was driven by his love for agriculture, Agricafe has become a leading player in South American specialty coffee. With over 36 years of experience in the coffee industry, Pedro is now joined by his daughter Daniela and son Pedro Pablo in running the company. Their goal is to revive and enhance Bolivian coffee by implementing producer training programs and expanding their farms across Los Yungas and Santa Cruz.
Purchasing this coffee helps Agricafe continue:
Seeking continuous improvement, Agricafe explores new methods, equipment, and techniques to achieve exceptional flavor and quality. The company focuses on handpicking the finest cherries, implementing strict production processes, and utilizing a slow drying method.
Agricafe prioritizes transparency throughout the entire process, from production to export. The company tracks every coffee bean from the farm to the point of shipment to ensure complete traceability of all micro lots. Maintaining traceability is of utmost importance to Agricafe.
Sustainability - economic, environmental, and social - is a top priority for Agricafe. The company supports and educates its local producers and invests in its own farms to achieve this goal.
Agricafe invests regularly in machinery and equipment to enhance the quality of its coffee. The company places emphasis on good manufacturing practices and strives to elevate Bolivian coffee culture to new heights.
Creating exceptional and flavorful coffees in Bolivia requires constant innovation and meticulous processes. Agricafe is constantly seeking new methods to produce a superior cup of coffee.
Agricafe processes and obtains coffee from the finest coffee-growing regions and values the diversity of the people it works with, their cultures, and the unique climatic conditions found in Bolivia.
Why the Cup of Excellence
As a small and growing coffee company that cares about sustainability, traceability, and rewarding coffee producers, the Cup of Excellence competition and private auctions are the perfect way to do so.
Learn why the CoE competition and private auctions can have a long-lasting impact on producers around the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the roast date printed?
Yes, our roast date is printed on the bottom of each bag.
Is the coffee roasted to order?
Yes, we currently roast all orders twice a week (Tuesday and Saturday).
Is coffee seasonal like produce?
Just like produce, coffee can have multiple seasons and harvests depending on the country of origin. We source all our raw materials during the current and optimal season.
Where do you currently source your coffee from?
Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Sumatra, Honduras, Nicaragua