Certification: Fair Trade and Organic
Region: Jaen and San Ignacio
Cooperative: Aprocassi (Started in 2000 by 80 farmers, committed to quality and fair price)
Varietals: Typica, Cattura, Pache, Bourbon and Amarillo
Preparation: Fully Washed
Cupping/Roasting Notes: Cup Characteristics: Medium body, slightly sweet with mild acidity. Clean with well-structured body. Ripe berry, grape, tropical flavors. Roasting Notes: Full City suggested for lighter roasts. This coffee is also well suited for dark roast enthusiasts as it is bright and hard enough to withstand additional roasting beyond second crack. -
Contributing farms are very small with average organic production of only 40 pounds of coffee, in parchment, per acre. Located in the mountainous region of the Cajamarca province in Peru. This region of Peru is also marked by national and international mining companies who often do not pay laborers a fair wage. Aprocassi also formed to give people an alternative to the mining industry. Aprocassi continually seeks to produce high-quality coffee and improve its members’ standard of living through higher prices. Most families work on approximately seven hectares of land and grow a variety of products, including coffee in the higher elevations. Collectively, the cooperative has an estimated 2,705 hectares of land producing organic coffee. Since becoming Fair Trade Certified in 2001, the cooperative has financed several social and productive programs using its Fair Trade premium. Peru is the world’s leading producer of organic coffee. All processing is fully washed which includes depulping, fermentation, washing and sun and/or mechanical drying.