Have you ever wondered where your coffee beans came from? Who picked them? What is their story? Well if so, you are in for a treat! Canterbury Coffee got to journey to South America to meet different coffee cooperatives and farms in Peru. Join us as we learn more about the people behind one of Canterbury Coffee’s most popular coffees, reSIProcate Peru.
ReSIProcate Peru is a certified fair trade, certified organic coffee with an aromatic mix of decadent tones of florals and herbs with a rustic finish. As you probably have guessed, this coffee originates from Peru. The beans are sourced from at least 4 coffee cooperatives (including Valle Verde and Flor de Café, just to name a couple) located in the Amazonas region of Northern Peru bordering Ecuador. These cooperatives work together to produce high quality, organic, and sustainable coffee beans that are roasted to create the reSIProcate Peru that we love.
These cooperatives are very passionate about producing a sustainable product and protecting their natural resources. They work with non-profit organizations and foundations to help with local conservation. Flor de Café, for example, has been working with Fundacion Amazonia, a non-profit organization located in Latin America, since 2014 setting up live plant barriers to help introduce native plants and trees to the coffee farms. The coffee cooperatives also provide their members with training in areas like organic and fair trade certification. To ensure sustainability, soil analysis is done on their soil regularly to check that proper nutrients and fertilizer are used to prevent any irreversible damage.
At an elevation of over 1000m, the coffee cherries are carefully hand-picked by the cooperative members. Harvest seasons can vary depending on the cooperative, but on average the cherries are picked between February – December. Once the cherries have been picked, they are pulped on the same day, fermented, washed then put out to dry on wooden trays under solar tents. When the beans are dry, they are exported to the Organization Collection center. Trained members then check the beans for exportability and cup quality; checking smell, taste and physical attributes, before they are sent to their respective processing plants.
In July 2019, we visited the coffee farms and cooperatives in the Amazonas region and got to witness coffee production in action. From farmers handpicking the cherries to prepping the beans to be shipped, we got to see each stage and person involved in getting the coffee ready for the roastery.
Let’s not forget, the cooperatives are fair trade certified!
This means that the cooperatives receive a premium that not only helps with coffee harvest and post-harvest but also ensures that the members and community have a higher quality of life.
Maria Livia Herrera de Grandes, a member of Valle Verde, stated this:
“From my perspective, Fairtrade pays us a better price for our product, it enables us to improve our quality of life by investing in food, education and our health. There is greater investment in our farms, and because of it, we are able to deliver a high quality and organic product to the market.”
During our visit, we got to see how the fair trade premium has helped increase education and resources available to the farming communities. We visited schools in the area and even got to enjoy a presentation about sustainability done by the students.
The care, passion, and importance of community behind reSIProcate Peru is beyond amazing. The coffee cooperatives take great care in the product they produce and it really makes you wonder, where is my next cup of coffee from?