Organic Peru Huabal
July - October 2017 2017
In 2012, we broke new ground with one of our longest running cooperative relationships: we began buying our annual Peruvian harvest exclusively from the village of Huabal, which is vaulted high in the Andes above the city of Jaen. We teamed up with Huabal through our long-term partners at the Cenfrocafe Cooperative. Over the years, Cenfocafe has grown steadily, which is wonderful for their farmer members and communities, but that growth can also result in less direct contact with our farmer partners. This ongoing relationship with Huabal is changing just that. Last September, like we've done with several harvests prior, we traveled to Huabal to meet with the leaders of the Brillante Perla Andina association on Wilson Santos's farm. Brilliante is one of 100 local associations that represent the 2,300 producers within Cenfrocafe. It's always incredible to spend time with the leaders and producers of Huabal and especially great to witness the open communication and support that flows between farmer members and the cooperative, which is difficult when farms are widely distributed and remote. This harvest, we also explored other areas of Peru, sourcing lots from a few distinct high altitude microclimates in the North. We look forward to sharing those coffees with you throughout this season.