Peru Fair Trade Organic
Cup Characteristics: Complex and layered with bittersweet chocolate tones. Smooth texture offers an elegant mouthfeel. Bright, apple acidity showing its high elevation origins.
$13.99 per pound
In recent blind cuppings of coffees from Peru a new name surfaced as our top pick, the Rutas del Inca cooperative which is headquartered in the Querocoto District of the Chota Province in Cajamarca, Peru. The coffee is grown in an area of extremely high elevation, known in years past for production of potatoes. Since 2010 coffee production has proliferated thanks to support from various NGOs supporting this new crop that has great market potential. Rutas del Inca was founded in 2013, with just 33 members. The cooperative exported its first crop in 2014, cementing itself as a quality focused, organic certified producer.
At present the cooperative has 258 members with 30 women and 228 men representing 27 communities in the Querocoto, Huambos and Querocotillo Districts. These producers live between 1,800 and 2,400 meters above sea level, in temperatures ranging between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. The rainy season takes place between January and March, during which terrain in the area can be rugged. However, routes exist that reach the majority of the communities in the three districts.
Rutas del Inca is focused on improving quality. Toward that end, the cooperative is working on improving coffee plantations, increasing production, quality control, application of good agricultural practices, and environmental conservation. Additionally, cooperative members manage Typica, Caturra, Paches, and Bourbon varietals, with the goal of generating sustainable development for associated smallholder farmers and their communities.
- Country: Peru
- Cooperative: Rutas Del Inca
- Location: Cajamarca
- Province: Chota
- Elevation: 1800 - 2400 meters / 5900 - 7875 feet
- Varietal: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon
- Certifications: USDA Organic, Fair Trade
The name Rutas Del Inca or route of the Incas is for the paths from seashore to high mountains that were utilized to bring seafood. In order to have fresh fish it had to be conveyed from sea level to the very high mountain areas where the Incas built their communities. The routes well trodden routes allowed the Incas to have a wider variety of foods.
Peru is the world's leading producer of organic coffee. Fair Trade USA and USDA Organic Certified.
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