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Higher Grounds Coffee

Bolivian Caranavi

Cocoa, hazelnut, brown sugar.

$18.50
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A satisfying and balanced cup, this coffee features cocoa and hazelnut notes (Nutella, anyone)? Brown sugar sweetness, silky body and mellow acidity round out the profile.

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Country
BO
Region
Jugas
Town
Pumiri
Farm
AIPEP Cooperative
Farmer
Smallholder Members
Elevation
1000-2000+m
Process
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder Members

AIPEP (Associacion Integral de Productores Ecologicos de Pumiri) is a 64-member cooperative in Pumiri, Bolivia. The growers have labored to create internal structures that promote organic production and quality control along with participation and administrative oversight.

AIPEP is not large, but its leaders hope that surrounding farmers will be drawn to join as yeilds improve and the cooperative is able to secure new and better paying markets. Though AIPEP has held IMO Control certification since 2002, they have yet to be able to export directly or bring in sufficient revenue to compensate for the cost of being organically certified. Higher Grounds has been partnering with these farmers since 2006.

Jugas, Bolivia, Plurinational State of

Coffee came first to this region in Bolivia, and most of Bolivia’s coffee—almost 95% of the country’s total production—still comes from here. There’s a reason for this: altitude. Stretching down the east side of the Andes Mountains from Peru on the north to Argentina on the southern end, it grows some of the highest altitude coffees in the world (high altitude translates into slower growing and ripening, hence more intensity of flavors). Coffees are usually named for areas within the region such as Caranavi, Inquisvi, or Coroico.

Those mountains also mean that coffee buyers must travel via the infamous Jungas Road to reach producers. The Jungas Road is also referred to as the “Road of Death.” Mostly unpaved, it winds up, up, up and down, down, down, often narrowing to a single lane. Zero guardrails between vehicles and 2000+ meter drops to the valley floor.

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Higher Grounds Coffee

It all started with a trip to Mexico. Owner and co-founder, Chris Treter, was living and working among coffee farmers at the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico as part of a post-graduate internship in 2001. For the farmers, poverty and a lack of access to basic resources such as education and water were simply a way of life. As he neared the end of his internship, Chris asked his farmer friend, Jose Perez Vazquez, “How can we keep helping you?”

“You could sell our coffee,” said José.

And that’s exactly what Chris did. From selling Maya Vinic Co-op’s coffee at his local farmers’ market, Higher Grounds grew. Eventually they also sought out coffee from other sources and joined forces with a handful of other roasters to form an importing cooperative, Cooperative Coffees. Every trade relationship they have is modeled after that first one, and every year they still purchase from Maya Vinic. Furthermore, Higher Grounds Coffee donates 1% of their sales to On the Ground, their partner nonprofit. On the Ground empowers coffee farming communities through gender and social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic security.

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