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Café el viernes - #49

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Hidden : Friday, 12 July 2019
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12 July 2019, 06:45 - 07:45

Bolivia

En Bolivia, el café especial se cultiva a una altitud de 1.200 a 2.000 metros sobre el nivel del mar y se centra principalmente (90% o más) en los Yungas y la provincia de Caranavi, ubicada a 3 horas al noreste de La Paz. Otros cafés de calidad comercial también se cultivan en altitudes por debajo de los 1.000 metros en la provincia de Santa Cruz.

Hay muy poca información disponible sobre los orígenes de la producción de café en el país; sin embargo, durante la mayor parte del siglo XX, la producción de café estuvo dominada por propietarios de tierras adinerados con grandes fincas. Este sistema se interrumpió en 1991, cuando la reforma agraria gubernamental ordenó que los grandes propietarios abandonaran sus posesiones y devolvieran las tierras a las familias y comunidades que tenían la propiedad original. El mosaico resultante de pequeñas fincas (de aproximadamente 3 a 20 hectáreas de tamaño) ahora es responsable de producir la mayor parte del café del país.

La reciente llegada de la roya del café en el país ha tenido graves implicaciones para los rendimientos en un país donde muchas fincas están "pasivamente" (es decir, no están certificadas) cultivadas orgánicamente. Existe el temor de que muchos agricultores vuelvan a centrarse en la coca, que tiende a ser menos intensiva en mano de obra que el café. Sin embargo, los socios de Mercanta en Bolivia se están asegurando de que esto no suceda al proporcionar a los pequeños productores recursos y capacitación para mejorar los rendimientos y la calidad del café.

En su mayor parte, las cerezas de café se lavan por el método húmedo y en su mayoría se secan en camas africanas (necesario debido a las altas altitudes y bajas temperaturas). Dependiendo de la distancia de la granja al molino más cercano, las cerezas de café pueden entregarse directamente para su procesamiento o el café puede ser procesado en la granja, secarse y entregarse en pergamino.

Bolivia

In Bolivia, specialty coffee is grown at an altitude of 1,200 to 2,000 metres above sea level and is primarily (90 per cent or more) centred in the Yungas and the province of Caranavi, located 3 hours northeast of La Paz. Other commercial commodity grade coffees are also grown at altitudes below 1,000 metres in the province of Santa Cruz.

There is very little available information about the origins of coffee production in the country; however, throughout most of the 20th century, coffee production was dominated by wealthy land owners with large farms. This system was disrupted in 1991, when governmental land reform mandated that larger landowners relinquish their holdings and return lands back to the families and communities who had original ownership. The resulting mosaic of small farms (approximately 3-20 hectares in size) is now responsible for producing the majority of the country’s coffee.

The recent arrival of coffee leaf rust in the country has had severe implications for yields in a country where many farms are ‘passively’ (i.e. not certified) organically farmed. There is a fear that many farmers will return to focusing on coca, which tends to be less labour-intensive than coffee. Mercanta’s partners in Bolivia, however, are making sure this doesn’t happen by providing small producers with resources and training to improve coffee yields and quality.

For the most part, coffee cherries are washed by the wet method and mostly dried on African beds (necessary due to the high altitudes and low temperatures). Depending on the distance of the farm from the nearest mill, coffee cherries may be delivered direct for processing or the coffee may be pulped at the farm, dried and delivered in parchment.

Language

The official language spoken in Bolivia is Spanish.

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Come and join us for a cup of coffee (on special at R10 until 8am) or just for a chat. Take-aways available if you are in a rush. Full breakfasts are available.

You don't need to spend anything, but if you do, it will be for your own account.

Date: Friday, 12 July 2019

Time: From 06h45 - 07:30 (but we will be there until approx. 08h30)

Place: Brioche, 181 Main Rd, Walmer

We look forward to seeing you there!

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