La Llama is owned by the Rodriguez family, who also own a business called Agricafe, which produces coffee from its own farms and also sources quality micro-lots from small producers in the Yungas region. Finca La Llama is a coffee manor located in Bolivia named after the cute national animal Llama. The llama is the hump-less South American cousin of the camel that has been used as a pack animal in the Andean highlands for thousands of years. When Agricafé first went to look the land where La Llama is situated, they encountered a llama.
The farm sits in the Caranavi region with the highest elevation in the region of 1650 m – 1,750 m above sea level, growing Geisha, Yellow Caturra, SL 28, SL 34, Bourbon, Batian, Ethiosar and Java in their farm. La Llama at this high altitude, temperatures are mild during the day and stable at night. This helps ensure a slow maturation of the cherry, which leads to an increased concentration of sugars in the cherry and bean, producing a sweeter cup of coffee.
La Llama is nearly 10 hectares in size, half of which are under coffee. Reaching the highest point of the farm is an experience in itself – as you travel along the winding, steep roads in a four-wheel-drive you’ll pass very neat and perfectly spaced rows of coffee.
The Rodriguez family’s approach to coffee production has been extremely methodical, innovative and scientific. Along the way, they consulted leading specialty coffee agronomists from around the world to help them produce exceptional coffee and build sustainable and healthy farms. A wide range of varieties have been trialled, along with different farming techniques, to optimise quality and output. They have carefully documented their findings at every step of the way and continue to innovate and invest in improvements to produce the very best quality coffee they can.