Have you ever paused to think about all of the amazing countries growing coffee where the equator passes through? The most obvious, Ecuador, might not be the first to come to mind. Ecuador is one of the more elusive origins, likely the result of a high cost of production, which makes it more difficult to compete in a global market. A producer’s survival here depends on an ability to make a premium to cover the higher costs of labor. Juan Peña, who holds a degree in agronomy, established an export company called CaféExporto to establish ways to capture quality premiums from coffee grown at his farm called Hacienda La Papaya. Juan’s passion for research has helped him unlock the potential for quality with different varieties and processing methods. This lot is an example of careful selection of the typica variety and unique processing methods. Carefully harvested cherries are fermented in oak barrels for 5 days and then gently dried on raised beds for up to 30 days before the coffee is moved to CaféExporto, which provides crucial logistical support for things like warehousing and preparing coffee for export to the international market.