Producers of La Asunta see their dream come true with the fragrance of 100% Bolivian coffee, now available in the European market


La Paz, February 18th, 2021 (United Nations) .- Through technical assistance from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the support of the French government, and in coordination with the Bolivian government, the high-quality coffee produced in the Municipality de La Asunta (in the Yungas of La Paz, Bolivia) is already available for purchase in the French market through the website of the Company Malongo ( and will be available very soon in Spain, Belgium and Switzerland.

 This is the result of a work started in 2018 with the support of France (MILDECA) that reactivates coffee exports after around 15 years. 600 families from the municipality of La Asunta work together with UNODC, with the aim of exporting 20 annual containers of coffee to Europe in the next 5 years. This project aims to improve the quality of life of coffee producers with decent and sustainable income, as well as mitigate the advances of surplus coca in a climate of social peace.


A total of 207 bags weighing 12,420 kilograms of high-quality coffee were exported for the European markets, generating a profit for the community of 41,000 US dollars (285,369 Bolivian Pesos).

The president of the Integral Association of Agroecological Producers "El MIRADOR" (AIPAEM), Rafael Andia Sarmiento, expressed his gratitude for the support received, especially for the social context that Bolivia is experiencing where the outbreak of COVID-19 puts the economic stability of the communities in risk. Additionally, they thanked UNODC for its permanent support and requested that technical support be continued during the future of the project.


Malongo is a Nice-based company. It processes the roasting of more than 8,000 tons of coffee per year, from different continents. This company is recognized for its energy and innovation, it markets high quality coffee varieties (gourmet coffees) in hotels, restaurants and supermarkets in France and exports through its "Les Malongo Cafés" stores, distance selling services to other countries Europeans and it stands out that it is the first coffee roasting company to offer coffees in vacuum metal containers, which guarantees the preservation and presentation of sophisticated and unique coffees in the world.


Coffee from La Asunta, Bolivia, joins the coffee produced in Burma, under the UNODC Global Program for Alternative Development.

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