green apple, sweet tea, berry compote
Producer: Andres Lancho Choccata
Co op: Valle Inca
Varietal: Typica & Pache
Altitude: 1840 MASL
Imported by Red Fox Coffee Merchancts
From Red Fox Coffee Merchants:
"Andres has been farming for over 18 years on his farm Irisuyoc. The farm extends 11 hectares where 5 hectares is used for cultivating typica and pache variety coffee. The harvest season in this area is July-August. Ripe cherry is picked then separated for any defects in a tank full of water. After separation, cherry is then depulped and fermented for 18 hours in water to remove the remainder of the fruit. Clean parchment coffee is dried on raised beds for 13 days.
Nestled in the Yanatile Valley in the Department of Cusco in the south of Peru, Valle Inca functions as a producer group, where Prudencio Vargas Saenz, who created and runs the group, buys parchment from farmers, reinvesting premiums in the community’s infrastructure to help them continue to improve quality. Prudencio, who lives in nearby Calca and brings the benefits of his former experience as an agricultural loan officer, used to operate outside the aegis of a collective, but after years of running Valle Inca informally, he formalized the organization this year in order to gain organic certification, Fair Trade certification (which he’s currently working toward), and the ability to export on his own. Member-wise, Valle Inca is growing fast, with 101 farmers currently in the fold. It’s no surprise that more and more farmers want to work with Valle Inca; in the community, Prudencio is known for his honesty, trustworthiness, dedication, and drive to invest and reinvest in his community, genuinely engaging their goals and concerns. He also pays higher prices than farmers had access to prior to the founding of Valle Inca, which has helped to improve quality as well as overall community health over time."