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Origin Information

Grower
6 producers from Las Mercedes
Variety
Catimor, Caturra, Pache, Mundo Novo, and Typica
Region
Las Mercedes, San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru
Harvest
July - September
Altitude
1700 - 1850 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Fully washed and dried on patios and elevated tables inside solar dryers that provide protection from the rain
Certifications
Organic

Background Details

In Peru the bulk of coffee production comes from small farms owned and managed by people who follow organic farm management practice attuned to their cultural connection with the land. This particular community lot comes from six producers who live in Las Mercedes where the unique microclimate and shared commitment for cultivating quality coffee produces a remarkable regional profile. These producers individually cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, and beans. Each producer harvests, ferments for 18 hours and then floats the cherries to remove les dense and damaged coffee before depulping. After depulping, the coffee is fermented for another 18 hours and then washed to remove the mucilage. Next the coffee is dried on covered raised beds for a period of 18 days. The consistent processing produces a traceable community blend brought to the international market through an alliance with Aroma del Valle, an organization established to assist producers access the specialty coffee market and earn higher prices for their coffee. Aroma del Valle carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for producers with small farms. Investments for basic infrastructure needs, like road improvements, establishing local warehouses, and preparing coffee for export are all coordinated through Aroma del Valle, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post harvest process. Aroma del Valle also helps farmers navigate the organic certification process.