We were first introduced to the Senda Salvaje Association in January of 2011. It was a unique coincidence, there was a micro-lot that had been originally prepared for the Bolivia Cup of Excellence but the competition had been cancelled. We were in the right place at the right time to purchase their lot in 2011. The quality of that micro-lot impressed us and our curiosity led us to visit Bolivia in September 2011. On that trip, we met Juan Yujra, producer of the lot we had received. We wanted to see their farm and evaluate their harvest first-hand. Over the course of the year, we developed a closer relationship with this farm and formed a Direct Trade partnership with Juan Yujra and the farmers of this Association.
In early July, 2012, we returned to Bolivia to see our friends and partners once again. Senda Salvaje translates loosely to “wild path,” an untamed trail. It’s a very apt name as the journey from Caranavi to Senda Salvaje takes many twists and turns, over and around mountains on a single lane, dirt road. We were led there by Carmelo Yujra and his wife Daizy, and Juan Yujra met us at the farm. We were very impressed with the condition of the farm. The soil is rich and dark and there is a natural spring that provides plenty of water. They have also created a simple, yet efficient washing station that utilizes several stages of floating and sorting before the coffee is dried on raised beds.
We look forward to our continuing Direct Trade relationship with Juan and the rest of the farmers at Senda Salvaje.