Bolivia is a notoriously difficult place to source and export high-quality coffees. We have purchased from Cenaproc for the last seven years and each year we work together to slightly adjust the process to continually obtain their best coffees possible. This year in particular we are able to see the results of four intense years of fine tuning and dedication to detail.
The biggest challenge is moving this coffee from farm to dry mill to ship in a timely fashion and at the right humidity level. Those who know and love Bolivian coffees from this region know of the challenges of trucking them from the mountains, down the affectionately named "Death Road of Corioco," to the very dry region of El Alto before being packed on ships in Peru to finally voyage to us.
Cenaproc was founded in 1992 and is one of the most well recognized cooperatives in the region. Currently the cooperative has about 171 members that come from three main areas close to their wet mill in Caranavi - Nueva Llusta, Nueva Cannan, and Libertador. They have gained a lot of national and international attention over the last few years; they have competed and won in the Bolivian Cup of Excellence since 2004. Their producers put a lot of time and attention into the care of their coffees. The average amount of land in production for each producer is between 2 and 5 hectares. Most producers apply liquid and solid forms of fertilizer that they create on site.
Explanation of the Name
“Llusta” means “slippery” in Ayamara, the indigenous language spoken by a number of the producers of this coffee. The town bears this name because during the rainy season, the earth turns to mud and becomes quite slippery indeed. In addition, the mud is a valued resource for the community as many of the houses are constructed of bricks made from the hardened mud.