Huabal District is one of twelve districts of the province Jaén in Peru's Cajamarca region. The potential for producing coffees of immense quality is very high, but due to very poor infrastructure many of the producers lack the resources & knowledge to unlock that potential.
Altitudes in the area range from 1200 to 2100 masl.
This particular coffee is from a single farm owned by Urbano Ramirez Vasquez. The farm covers 3 hectares of land in San Antonio, Huabal, most of which is under coffee production. Urbano grows catuai variety, chosen for it's productivity and cup quality.
This year Urbano has processed all of his coffee as naturals, greatly improving the cup quality & his
profitability as a coffee farmer.
Urbano first washes his coffee with fresh water, pre-ferments the cherry overnight & then places it to dry on raised beds for 30 days.
Huabal is made up of various villages, which are centres of coffee production & each producer belongs to a village.
Since Huabal spans a couple of mountains the climate conditions & soils can vary considerably, with some areas having wet, humid conditions & red, African-like soils & others dry & hot, this all contributes to diverse & deliciously complex coffees.
The Cajamarca region holds a remarkable potential for quality coffee, with ideal growing conditions & great varieties, but quality is often lost in picking, processing & drying, with producers lacking infrastructure & 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, & 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 & 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 & 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). In order 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 & 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.