While production may be small, Bolivia has a long relationship with producing highly sought after coffee. Their most well known coffee is Yungas, which can easily be compared to Cafe mocha. The areas it is mostly grown in are the departments of Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, El Beni, and La Paz, of which the best districts for coffee cultivation are Yungas, Caupalicam, Espiritu Santu, and Valle Grande.
Coffee is typically grown between 1,600 and 7,500 feet, but it can actually be grown at a whopping 12,500 feet. Interestingly, the soil here is also so well fit for coffee growth that much of the coffee is wild-grown due to every seed that hits the ground growing into a coffee plant. When coffee is harvested it can go through both the wet or dry process, depending on the processor, before being exported. A good bit of coffee from this country is exported to Chile – only about 150,000 pounds a year.
The coffee from Bolivia was highly sought after in Europe for a time, and for good reason as a good cup of Bolivian coffee is bright, clean, and has a sweet aroma. Hints of chocolate, nuts, caramel, malt, and honey are often found within the cup.