PERU - ECO-FOREST
PERU - ECO-FOREST
Ecoforest Cooperative was founded in 2014. Today, over 350 producing families across 23 zones in Jaén, Utcubamba, San Ignacio and Cutervo, in Northern Peru, belong to the cooperative. The cooperative is focused on producing sustainable and competitive coffee while raising the socio-economic conditions of all members and protecting the environment.
Peru holds exceptional promise as a producer of high-quality coffees. The country is the largest exporter of organic Arabica coffee globally. With extremely high altitudes and fertile soils, the country’s smallholder farmers also produce some stunning specialty coffees.
Though coffee arrived in Peru in the 1700s, very little coffee was exported until the late 1800s. Until that point, most coffee produced in Peru was consumed locally. When coffee leaf rust hit Indonesia in the late 1800s, a country central to European coffee imports at the time, Europeans began searching elsewhere for their fix. Peru was a perfect option.
Today, Peruvian coffee growers are overwhelmingly small scale. Farmers in Peru usually process their coffee on their own farms. Most coffee is Fully washed. The remoteness of farms combined with their small size means that producers need cooperatives to help get their coffee to market. Cooperative membership protects farmers greatly from exploitation and can make a huge difference to income from coffee. Nonetheless, currently only around 15-25% of smallholder farmers have joined a coop group.
You can try this coffee on any brewing method, but it is especially excellent brewed on a French Press!
Notes of almonds, citrus-acidity, bittersweet cocoa, sweet. / Medium-Dark Roast.
Altitude: 1,600-1,900 meters
Varietal: Bourbon, Catimor, Pache, & Typica
Region: Jaén, Utcubamba, San Ignacio and Cutervo
Processing: Fully Washed and Sun-Dried
Certifications: Grade 1 - Organic Certified