Region: San Ignacio, Cajamarca
Elevation: 1,250 – 1,800 MASL
Cultivars: Caturra, Typica, Bourbon, Paches, and Casimir
We are excited to be working with the Aprocassi cooperative in Peru for the third year season. Aprocassi was founded in response to encroachment by mining companies looking to extract the region’s rich reserves of gold, silver, and other minerals. The cooperative, now 425 small scale producers, believed that they could be more effective at conserving and protecting their land and ecosystem as a united group.
In the following 15 years, the members of Aprocassi have stayed true to their initial intent, investing their resources in farmer training, community support, healthcare, and education. Farmers have also been reforesting with native trees to improve soil nutrients, prevent erosion and provide shade. This washed coffee has a mild cherry-like acidity, a sweetness like dulce de leche, and a rich, syrupy, body.
This year, we have been working hard to put together a sweet project to help the cooperative finance a development project at Aprocassi. Through the sales of this coffee, we are putting together funds for Aprocassi to start building solar dryers to help streamline the drying process and make it more consistent. (A solar dryer is a greenhouse-like structure, often with cement patio base, which offers farmers more control over temperature, airflow, and humidity, during drying.)