As one of the top producers of Arabica beans, Peru has a remarkable number of certified organic coffees, as well as Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, and UTZ certified coffees.
In the near future we will see more and more 'finest quality' coffees coming out of Peru, many of which will become single-origin offerings to be reckoned with.
For this offering , day lots of coffees from 12 different producers all over Cajamarca were purposefully blended together based on cup profile, typical of the region. All of the day lots come from the early part of the harvest in high altitude areas, which were processed and dried on the producers’ farms.
Most producers in Northern Peru have their own hand pulping machine and fermentation tank where they process the coffee, before drying it on their patio or raised beds.
Once the coffees have been processed, farmers deliver them as parchment to our suppliers warehouse in Jaen, where they are graded, analysed for moisture content, roasted and cupped. This lot is named after the main river that runs through the Jaen and San Ignacio provinces.
The Cajamarca region holds a remarkable potential for quality coffee, with ideal growing conditions and great varieties, but quality is often lost in picking, processing and drying, with producers lacking infrastructure and knowledge.
The most vulnerable producers are those that are not members of a cooperative, association or an organisation – they represent 75% of producers in Northern Peru.
These producers don’t have access to training sessions or premiums for quality or certifications, and their income is totally dependent on the market price.
Often, local aggregators – a buyer who lives in the same area – will come to the farm or house of a producer and buy their coffee for cash before selling it on; in some cases, directly to an exporter or more often to other traders and middlemen.
Tragically this results in the producer being paid very little for their coffee and a lot of quality coffee is lost.
Now working directly with the primary producers, they help to improve upon existing bean quality and also have full financial traceability.
They ensure producers actually receive a fair price for the coffee they deliver (above the market price); to achieve this they have set up the warehouse in Jaen .
This shift in approach to sourcing allows them to forge long term relationships directly with farmers, improve the coffee quality on offer from these areas and increase producer household income through access to quality premiums.
There are now over 438 farmers registered with our suppliers in the San Ignacio and Jaen provinces.