Peru - San Ignacio
FIG, LICORICE & CACAO NIBS
PRODUCER - SAN IGNACIO COFFEE PRODUCERS
REGION - CAJAMARCA
VARIETY - BOURBON, CATIMOR & CATURRA
PROCESS - WASHED & SUN DRIED
In Peru, the bulk of coffee production comes from 19 small farms owned and managed by people who follow organic farm management practices attuned to their cultural connection with the land. Producers typically cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land intercropped with trees, bananas, corn and beans. They carefully harvest and sort cherries before de-pulping, fermenting, washing, and drying the coffee using their own micro-mills. While producers design farm management and post-harvest solutions to fit their needs, they also need a strong alliance to bring their coffee to the international market and earn fair prices. Aroma del Valle, an organization established to assist small producers access the specialty coffee market, carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for small producers. 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.