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Raymundo Ayca

Licoma

Licoma lies in the Inquisivi Province in Bolivia, located between the capital city La Paz and the large city of Cochabamba. Raymundo is a coffee farmer who has a farm in Licoma. According to Juan, Raymundo lost his means to sell his coffee last year in 2020 because of COVID-19. After much worry, he came to Juan to ask if he knew someone to sell his coffee to. Juan said, “I’ll keep it for you until we find a buyer” and stored Raymundo’s coffee for him. Two days later, TYPICA visited Juan’s dry mill and we were fortunate enough to experience his coffee. Incidentally, Rodolfo of Agua Rica, a neighboring producer, heard that Raymundo had left his coffee with Juan. Rodolfo then pulled out the coffee he had submitted to the Presidential Coffee Cup Tournament (an international competition that replaces Bolivia’s COE) and stored it with Juan as well because he thought it could sell faster that way. We visited Raymundo’s farm to talk to him and his wife. “I am 38 years old this year, and I got married to my wife 16 years ago. Before we started farming, we worked as migrant workers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was a job making clothes. We bought this land with the money we earned in Argentina and started the farm six years ago. My father was also a coffee farmer, so I learned how to grow coffee from him. We use 80% of the farm to grow coffee, and the other 20% to grow vegetables such as peas. Coffee sells for a better price than other crops, so the income from coffee supports the family.”...

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