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Saturday, March 21, 2020
COFFEE BEANS & BEINGS / SAVORING PERU ORGANIC COFFEE
Espresso beans dropping into a cooling tray at Weaver’s Coffee & Tea roaster.
Why We Drink Coffee from Peru
GUEST BLOG / BY
VINCENT DISTORLA, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, San Rafael, CA--When we think
of Peru, we often think of a huge expanse of the Amazon rainforest that runs
through the eastern part of the country, or the longest continental mountain
range in the world, the Andes Mountains which form a continuous highland along
the western edge of South America.
We know that Peru also served as home to the incredible
Incan Empire and that tourists can visit remarkable historical sites such as
Macho Pichu and Sacred Valley. However, there is one thing that many tourists
may have little knowledge of when visiting Peru, most of them do not know about
Peruvian coffee, the incredible flavor of the Peru coffee bean, and the
importance of Peru's coffee farms to the Peruvian economy. Since Peru is one of
the most beautiful places in the world it makes sense that Peru would be able
to grow one of the most beautiful and delicious coffees in the world and that
coffee would play a key part in the Peruvian economy.
Peru's coffee farms and coffee bean production started in
the 1700s. While coffee trees grew well and quickly thanks to the vast
microclimates that Peru enjoys, the beautiful coffee beans that coffee farmers
harvested were often was kept as a domestic product versus being an export.
In the early 1900s, European investment aided in the
country’s infrastructure to make Peruvian coffee an export. Coffee soon became
over half of Peru’s export, and today, Peru is the 10th largest coffee
producing country and 5th largest Arabica coffee producer in the world.
Now, there are over 120,000 farmers cultivating Peruvian
coffee on the slopes of an enormous area of the towering Andes Mountain Range
covering nearly 20 degrees of latitude. It is important to remember that most
of the coffee farmers producing coffee have minimal access to technical assistance
and without much financial incentive to invest in quality, yet the soil found
in this climate means Peruvian coffees have a nuanced sweetness comparative to
Ripe coffee cherries from Peru
The Importance of
Fair Trade and Co-Op
Fair Trade is an institutional arrangement that was created
to aid producers in developing countries to achieve better trading conditions
on the global market. Fair Trade advocates the payment of higher prices to
exporters, is focused on particular commodities such as handicrafts, coffee,
cocoa, wine, sugar, fresh fruit, chocolate, flowers, and gold.
Coffee Co-ops in Peru
Some of the Peru organic coffee farmers are part of co-ops.
Growing coffee is hard work, and most coffee farmers need to do the growing, picking,
washing, and prep work by hand without the aid of technology.
The Cenfrocafe Co-op
Cenfrocafe Co-op was founded in 1999 the co-op consisted of
220 small-scale coffee farmers.Today,
the co-op serves more than 2,000 farmer members spanning across twelve
districts within the lush Cajamarca region. Cenfrocafe Co-op helps with
technical assistance, quality control workshops, as well as economic and
leadership training for young people in rural communities. The financial team
of Cenfrocafe Co-op helps provides short-term credit for farmers to cover the
front-end costs of the harvest and materials that are needed in coffee
The Peru La Florida
A group of 50 small-scale coffee farmers from Peru’s
Chanchamayo region came together in 1966 to form the Cooperativa Agraria
Cafetalera La Florida (CAC La Florida) in order to bypass local intermediaries.
Since starting in 1966, the co-op now includes up to 1,200 members at its peak.
Like Cenfrocafe Co-op, they offer education programs that
provide training for members, workshops on coffee production and management
sessions for community youth. They have been able to include access to new
libraries, school gardens, and uniforms for members as well.
CAC La Florida believes their children are the future of the
cooperative and must, therefore, provide support in educating strong leaders
capable of management roles.
While high-quality Arabica coffee from Peru may be blended
into other Latin American blends or Organic Coffee blends, Peru Organic Coffee
shines beautifully as a single-origin coffee.Served as a drip coffee, pour-over coffee or French Press coffee, it has
a medium body that tickles the tongue with a tangy fruit finish.
Coffee Farm in Peru
Weaver’s Coffee Peru Organic is 100% Certified Organic and
Fair Trade Certified. It is as lively as the country itself and has been
hand-crafted to realize its complete flavor potential.Step into subtlety and exquisiteness with
your first sip of our Peru Organic Coffee.