Origin Story

We have been sourcing coffee from Bolivia for more than a decade, virtually all of it from the traditional coffee region of Caranavi in the rugged Andes near the capital La Paz. This coffee comes from the emerging specialty region of Samaipata, near Bolivia's thriving second city Santa Cruz, where the Andes meet the Amazon. This is the second consecutive season we have sourced this Java varietal grown by our oldest direct trade partner in Bolivia, the Rodríguez family.


Marked by the playful zing of orange, the homey essence of raw sugar, and the luxuriously smooth undertones of milk chocolate.

  • Type Single Origin
  • Country Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  • Flavor Profile Apple + Raw Sugar
  • Variety Java

The details

  • Country Bolivia
  • Producer Familia Rodríguez
  • Region Samaipata
  • Elevation Range 1
  • Processing Method Washed
  • Drying Method multiple
  • Harvest September 2020
  • Direct Trade Partner Since 2009

How To Brew

We recommend starting with a 1:18 coffee-to-water ratio, which provides an excellent total extraction level and maximizes flavor pulled out of the ground coffee. For our single origin coffees we recommend a pour over method either on a Chemex, V60 or Kalita Wave on a 5 or 6 grind setting if you are ordering from intelligentsia.com.

Recommended Method Pour Over

  1. 01.
    Boil Water 205 - 212 F
  2. 02.
    Weigh Coffee 1g of coffee per 18g of water
  3. 03.
    Drop In Filter Add filter to equipment
  4. 04.
    Grind Coffee Grind coffee and add to filter
  5. 05.
    Add Water Add water in stages
  6. 06.
    Remove Filter Enjoy your coffee!
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Origin Story

Bolivia Samaipata Java

Bolivia remains a novelty origin in the world of specialty coffee, one that lies in the long shadows cast by its mighty neighbors. 

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    Why We're Different

    • Intelligentsia coffee buyers travel year-round working with a network of farmers. From the farm, coffee arrives at the roasting works in Chicago, where coffee professionals cup, grade, and release over 50 single-origins and blends annually.

    • Intelligentsia Direct Trade means partnering with people who obsess about quality as much as we do, and building meaningful relationships with farmers. Today, the Intelligentsia Direct Trade community includes more than 50 partners in 14 countries.

    • A quarter-century of obsession with quality, more than 15 years of sourcing great coffee the right way, and an authoritative point of view on how to elevate coffee make Intelligentsia a trusted partner on your coffee journey.

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Bolivia Samaipata Java