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Peru El Palto Bellavista Washed Arabica Green Coffee Beans (1kg)

Peru El Palto Bellavista Washed Arabica Green Coffee Beans (1kg)

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Farm

El Palto, Bellavista

Cup Score

84

Cup Profile

Biscuit and milk chocolate with a honey sweetness and a hazelnuts finish, tea like body

Altitude

1670 - 1715

Process

Washed

Varietal

Mixed


El Palto is a village in the Bellavista district, close to the city of Jaen. El Palto sits around 1600masl and all of the producers we work with are situated above the village centre. This lot is a blend of coffee from 5 different producers in the village, all of whom own around 1 to 2 hectares of coffee and mostly grow caturra and castillo varieties. These producers pick and process their coffee themselves before drying it on lined patios for around 10 days. Once dry, the producer travels to the city of Jaen to deliver the coffee to the Falcon Coffees warehouse, where the coffee is cupped and graded. BellavistaBellavista is district with a huge altitude range, but most of the coffee is produced below 1600masl and whilst this coffee isn’t bad, it doesn’t hold the same potential as higher altitude areas. For this reason, we didn’t focus much time on exploring Bellavista villages, but this year we managed to find a group in high altitude, who have maintained a lot of their pure arabica varieties. Since Bellavista is a neighbouring district to Huabal, the two are well connected and word of mouth spread about Falcon and a producer group with quality coffee emerged. We now have 24 registered producers in the Bellavista district and the main varieties they grow are caturra, typica and castillo or catimor.

Peru Overview:We have been working in Northern Peru for several years, buying specialty coffee from cooperatives and associations with whom we have built lasting relationships. Whilst a lot of the arrival quality we have seen in previous seasons has been good, we have struggled to impact upon that quality or make improvements in the supply chain as we would like. More importantly, the premiums we had been paying for quality rarely makes it directly back to producers, something we have had very little control over in previous years.In Peru, like some other origins, coffee farmers are sensitive to market changes and often lack basic training and the incentive to produce higher qualities of coffee, as premiums often don’t materialise.

For these reasons we decided we needed to change the way we buy coffee in Peru and work directly with producers, allowing us to control and improve upon existing quality and have full financial traceability. Ensuring these two factors would help us to pay higher prices for the coffees and to make sure that producers received a fair price for the coffee they delivered us, above the market price. In order to do this, we set up a warehouse in Jaen and started to buy in parchment directly from producers. The Cajamarca region holds a lot of potential for quality coffee, with ideal growing conditions and great varieties, but quality is often lost in picking, processing and drying, with producers lacking infrastructure and knowledge. The most vulnerable producers are those that are unassociated – those who aren’t members of a cooperative, association or organisation – and they represent 75% of producers in Northern Peru. These producers don’t have access to training sessions or premiums for quality or certifications, and their income is totally dependent on the market price.

Often, local aggregators – a buyer who lives in the same area – will come to the farm or house of a producer and buy their coffee for cash before selling it on; in some cases, directly to an exporter or more often to other traders and middlemen. This results in the producer being paid very little for their coffee and a lot of quality coffee is lost.This shift in approach to sourcing will allow us to forge long term relationships directly with farmers, improve the coffee quality we can offer from these areas and increase producer household income through access to quality premiums. We now have over 438 registered farmers across the San Ignacio and Jaen provinces.


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