This Fair Trade Organic offering from northern Peru features delicate aromas of hazelnut and pear, with flavors of orange blossom and a hint of papaya. A round body and fresh strawberry acidity lead to a caramel aftertaste with a touch of tarragon.
Producer: JUMARP Co-Op (Cooperativa Agraia Juan Marco El Palto)
Farm: 350 smallholders
Altitude: 4,265-5,905 feet
Varietal: Catimor, Caturra, Bourbon, Pache, Typica
Notes: Pear, Orange Blossom, Caramel
The 350 producer members of Cooperativa Agraia Juan Marco El Palto (JUMARP) grow coffee on farms in the highlands of the Uctucamba province in northern Peru's Amazonas region. Along with three other cooperatives in Amazonas and neighboring Cajamarca, JUMARP is part of the Café Selva Norte project to regenerate degraded lands with agroforestry farming methods that capture carbon and generate carbon credits.
Carbon sequestered by trees intercropped with coffee offsets the emissions of the coffee’s transport from farm to the Pacific port in Paita. The offset is verified, recorded, and shared. Eligible producers receive microcredits to make the conversion to agroforestry and reverse land degradation from traditional slash-and-burn. Fair Trade and Organic certifications further confirm JUMARP’s investments in coffee production systems designed for long-term health of people and planet.
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More about Peru's Amazonas Region:
Amazonas borders the Cajamarca region to the west, Loreto to the east, and Ecuador to the north. Traditional slash-and-burn farming has in the past offered a quick infusion of nutrients in the soil, but this prolonged practice has resulted in degraded lands and devastating deforestation of old-growth forest. Farmers in Amazonas are working to reverse this practice and build soil fertility through reforestation via coffee, cocoa, and other crop agroforestry models.
Coffee production in Amazonas takes place on smallholder farms tucked into small plots in the mountains. Producers harvest, wash, and dry coffee independently. Cooperatives mainly serve warehouse functions, and in the past have had to wait to dry mill and prepare coffee for export at third party facilities located significant distances from farms. This is changing as cooperatives seek investments for building their own infrastructure closer to producing areas and to member coffee farmers’ lands. Coffee exported from Amazonas departs from the Pacific port at the city of Paita in the Piura region.