berries / red apple / cocoa
This exceptionally full-bodied coffee with a fruity chocolate flavour was created in collaboration with Sol de la Mañana. With every cup, you support the development of small-scale Bolivian producers and their passion for coffee. The Rodriguez family, owners of Fincas Los Rodriguez and founders of this program, have been a role model for quality Bolivian coffee for many years. The Sol de la Mañana program is the only one of its kind in Bolivia and can be likened to a coffee school for local farmers and coffee producers. It takes seven years to complete, during which farmers learn how to grow coffee systematically and efficiently throughout the entire process, not just during the harvest.
Farmers learn how to start growing when to use fertilizers, and the proper methods for picking coffee cherries. The program also includes a model farm and regular seminars that allow farmers to meet and exchange valuable experiences. The programme has a high success rate thanks to strict criteria and has grown to more than 100 smallholders.
Farmer Pedro came up with the idea of creating a unique coffee program after 15 local farmers approached him for help. Coffee growers in Bolivia face many challenges and difficult conditions that affect their crops. Competition from less demanding crops, unfavourable climatic conditions, poor infrastructure and the incidence of leaf rust have led to a significant decline in coffee production in recent decades. Pedro realised that without radical change, Bolivian coffee would gradually cease to exist.
He tackled the problem at the source and set up an innovative programme called 'Sol de la Mañana' (Morning Sun). It focuses on educating local growers, who can increase their yields and improve production quality and living conditions through essential knowledge. The impact of this programme has exceeded Pedro's expectations. Not only has there been a significant increase in Bolivian coffee production, but farmers are also actively following new knowledge, investing in their farms and sharing their experiences with other producers to achieve higher quality.