A Boleto

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In the 1840’s, due to the lack of official money in circulation, the “boleto” was born an alternative legal tender.  This allowed coffee producers to pay the salary of their employees and cover the expenses of the collection and processing of the coffee beans.

“Boletos” were manufactured in a variety of material, like tin, copper, bronze, aluminum, lead and bakelite.  Generally they were round and their diameters ranged from 10 to 47 millimeters.  Usually they were stamped with the name of the issuing coffee farm and their equivalent monetary value (cents, “reales”) or collected volume (“fanega”, “cajuela”, “quintal”).

A boleto is not only a token; it is the embodiment of national coffee history and the commitment to quality of the local production.

Boleto is coffee.

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