La Linda was grown 1,432 metres above sea level in the Bolinda colony, just outside of Caranavi. The farm is owned and run by Pedro Rodriguez, who entered the coffee industry three decades ago, and began to focus on specialty coffee ten years ago.
In order to combat the dwindling supply of high quality Bolivian coffee - due to factors including the lure of coca-growing for the drug industry, a lack of governmental support for coffee production, and the use of traditional and less-than-sophisticated farming practices - Pedro established an organisation called Agricafe.
Agricafe offers support and training to over 1,000 smallholder farmers. It also now has its own coffee farms, in order to guarantee supply, and to demonstrate to local farmers what can be achieved with the use of modern farming techniques and a scientific approach. La Linda was the first farm that Pedro planted. Agricafe now has 12 thriving farms.
This very special micro lot was processed at the Rodriguez family’s Buena Vista Mill. The coffee was pulped and then laid out to dry on raised beds in an open greenhouse, and the beans were turned regularly to ensure they dried evenly.