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Cooperatively gathered from farmers in the Jaen and San Ignacio provinces of north western Peru near the border with Ecuador and processed at the Cenfrocafe Cooperative. There are now 2400 coop member farmers contributing coffee cherry and most of the coffee is grown between 1300 and 2000 meters, 4300 to 6500 feet. The contributing farms are very small with average organic production of only 40 pounds of coffee, in parchment, per acre. The coop provides its members with technical assistance and quality control advice, plus economic and leadership training as well as loans that are used to cover harvest costs and schooling for children.
This is an export grade called APU which is the top sort from the Cenfrocafe Cooperative. Coffee rated 85+ points are separated and sold under this standard, the best offered. APU grade is grown on the highes elevation farms in the area.
- Country: Peru
- Cooperative: Cenfrocafe
- Grade: APU
- Province: Jaen and San Ignacio
- Elevation: 1300 - 2000 meters
- Varietal: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon
- Certifications: USDA Organic, Fair Trade
Peru is the world's leading producer of organic coffee. The main varietals represented here are Typica, Caturra and Bourbon. All processing is fully washed which includes depulping, fermentation, washing and sun drying. Farmers are paid a premium for each level of quality they achieve and Cenfrocafe built its operations around cupping and sound lot separation and preparation. They select lots from 1400-1800 meters which score 85+ for the APU coffee, their top grade.
Fair Trade USA and USDA Organic Certified. The farmers use organic compost and Guano de Isla as well as other organic fertilizers. These organic fertilizers add micronutrients and promote tree health. Pruning is methodical and farmers avoid overproduction. Coffee is carefully dried in parabolic driers due to wet conditions during picking season. Organic and sustainable practices at Cenfrocafe co-operative are a key part of the success of the co-op and its growers.