Mayorga in Bolivia


UNION PRO AGRO

Chijchipani, Caranavi, Bolivia–237 members


Bolivia is a geographically diverse in the heart of South America. While the capital La Paz is the world’s highest capital city at 11,913 ft. above sea level, the North is much lower and temperate, the perfect climate for growing Organic coffee.

When the Mayorga team arrived in La Paz, we met the leaders of the Union Pro Agro cooperative – Evaristo, Froilan, Eustaquio, and Tiburcio. After touring their mill in the outskirts of La Paz and meeting the staff, we cupped the coffee. The flavor profile was busting with rich and nutty notes. Immediately, we remembered why we were so excited to be sourcing this coffee.

Mayorga then traveled with Union Pro Agro up to Caranavi. At a lower elevation, Caranavi acts as a hub for Bolivian organic coffee producers. We shared some meals of delicious typical Bolivian cuisine, including chuños (dehydrated black potatoes), chicken, and llama.

With Union Pro Agro, we went up to the isolated mountain community of Chijchipani where the coffee is grown. Conversing with farmers, learning about the manual milling equipment they use, and discussing the state of the harvest, it was evident how much pride they have in the coffee they grow.

The Mayorga team then had a few days to explore Bolivian culture at Lake Titicaca. The region was once the center of the Inca Empire, and there are still many ruins to explore. At Copacabana and Isla del Sol, we toured the ruins, wandered with llamas, and spoke to the local indigenous communities about their crafts. What an unbelievable experience! We cannot wait to visit again.

IMAGES FROM OUR RECENT VISITS TO BOLIVIA

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