Peru - Fair Trade Organic
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Fair Trade Organic (FTO) Coffee
This is a Fairtrade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified SHB, MCM Grade 1 coffee from CENFROCAFE Co-operative (FLO ID 4395) in the Cajamarca region, Piura, Amazonas of northern Peru.
CENFROCAFE was founded in 1999 with 220 small-scale coffee farmers in eleven community-based associations. Nearly fifteen years after their founding, CENFROCAFE, now based out of Jaen, serves more than 2,000 farmer members in local associations spanning across twelve districts within the lush Cajamarca region. From technical assistance and quality control workshops for their farmers to economic and leadership training for the young people in their rural communities, CENFROCAFE works not only to support the commercial endeavors of its members but also to facilitate the development of their communities as a whole. The CENFROCAFE financial team provides short-term credit that helps farmers cover the front-end costs of the harvest and materials in coffee production.
CENFROCAFE is one of the leaders in creating a cooperative alliance with like-minded associations in the greater Cajamarca region to provide important technical and marketing services to thousands of small-scale farmers in Northern Peru. Without this kind of strong organization, local farmers would have otherwise been left each to his or her own devices to develop best practices for healthy fields and increased production yields, or for the marketing and sales of their coffee. Results to date are impressive. On average, CENFROCAFE producers yield 20qq (100lb sacks of parchment) of organic coffee per hectare and often show in the top finalists in national and international quality competitions. The improved revenue for CENFROCAFE farmers has been instrumental for their access to basic health, education, and other social services.
Certification/Grading: FT, Organic
Tasting Profile: Salted caramel, milk chocolate, citrus, cherry, silky sweet well balanced with good body.
Grower: Cooperativa Agricola de Servicisios Norandino
Variety: Caturra, Bourpon, Catuai, Pache, & Catimor
Region: Piura, Amazonas, Cajamarca Peru
Altitude: 1100-1700 M
Soil Type: Clay Minerals
Process: Gully washed and dried in the sun.