Organic Peru Luisa Rodriguez Aguilar

Process: Washed
Altitude: 1900 meters
Varietal: Caturra, Pache
Tasting Notes: Maple Syrup, Pineapple, Floral

Born on June 21st 1960, Luisa has been producing coffee for 22 years on her farm. Finca La Faja is situated in the community of Huangari. The entire 4 hectare space is filled with Caturra coffee trees. Ripe cherry is picked and depuled on the same day. Once completely fermented and washed, parchment is dried for up to 18 days. Dried parchment is delivered by mule to Alto San Ignacio’s headquarters.

The Alto San Ignacio Association was founded in 2015 by a group of producers in the community of Calabozo, a small town on the eastern side of the Chinchipe river in northern Peru. These producers have high quality varieties—primarily Caturra and Typica—and conditions are ideal for growing coffee, with farms between 1550 and 2000 masl. Traditionally, these producers sold their coffee to local traders who would pick the coffee up in Calabozo. Accessing higher prices in San Ignacio (the capital of the province) required coordinating transport from Calabozo to the Chinchipe Port, crossing the river on a floating wooden pulley, and then continuing on to the city of San Ignacio. A round trip from Calabozo to San Ignacio takes a full day, and the costs add up quickly.

Although selling to local traders in Calabozo was very convenient, many producers were frustrated by the low prices. Don Otoniel, one of founding members of Alto San Ignacio and the current vice president, connected with the manager of Aprocanorsi (another Red Fox supplier) who suggested they form their own association to increase their market access and obtain higher prices. Thus, the Alto San Ignacio association was founded. Today, these members collect their coffee in Calabozo and make consolidated deliveries to San Ignacio, where they have a warehouse. The association’s membership has expanded to include producers in the districts of Namballe and San Ignacio. Alto San Ignacio is certified Fair Trade and Organic.

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