This is the 5th harvest working with the Rodriguez family, and their methodical and calculated approach to natural processing and drying is what we have chosen to work with them year in, year out.
Located in Caranavi, Bolivia, Pedro (Father), Pablo (Son), and Daniela (Daughter) operate under the business name Agricafe and own several lots of land that makeup, Los Rodriguez. Not only are the Rodriguez family endeavouring to revitalise the fragile Bolivian coffee market with their own production, but are also working closely to improve the quality of local coffee producers, with the hope of collectively rebuilding the Bolivian coffee industry.
With the help of Brazilian processing expert, Flavio Borem from Brazil (who has also worked with our Brazilian partner Daterra), they have implemented state of the art mechanical "Coco Dryers" and a UV-shaded drying facility with controlled venting. The Coco Dryers are large steel vats that allow a more precise and controlled drying of the cherries after they have spent one week on raised beds. By eliminating exposure to fluctuation weather conditions, and controlling the drying temperature, more precise and uniform dehydration of the cherry is achieved.