Peru - Jose Luis Barboza - FTO Grade 1


Cupping Notes: Cherry, strawberry, chocolate, heavy body

This standout Fairtrade and Organic microlot comes from farmer Jose Barboza and his farm El Cedro in the Amazonas region of northern Peru.

Jose Luis Barboza is a member and the quality manager of Asociacion de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco El Palato (JUMARP), also known as "El Palto".  The cooperative is located in the Amazonian Andes in northern Peru.  Found in 2003 by 35 small farmers, the association now consists of 189 active members with a total area of 549 hectares in production.  All members produce organic and Fair Trade certified coffee.  women represent 40 of the organizations families, including continual representation on their Board of Directors.  The Association's mission is to meet the demand of our buyers is specialty coffee allowing an increase in income for the members and their families.

Jose's father was a founding member of the Co-op in  2003 and he has been around the co-op and its membership ever since.  After working for 6 years as a cupper in the quality department he is now the manager and as such, is the go-to member for quality control.  His farm Finca El Cedro occupies 2.5 ha of land at an altitude of 1676 and produces the varieties of Bourbon, Geisha, Pacamara & Pache.

This coffee was produced with a traditional washed process.  Cherries are selectively harvested, floated to separate and low density cherries, pulped and then wet-fermented for an average of 30 hours.  After washing in clean water the coffee is dried on raised beds for around 25 days, or until  the optimum moisture content has been reached.

Co-op JUMARP is based in the western Cordillera mountain range of the Peruvian Andes.  The Amazon region of the Andes is known as the "Selva Alta" (High Forest).  The Selva Alta is a unique dense and humid rainforest ecosystem located at high altitude, ideal for growing high quality specialty coffees.  The coffee is grown under the canopy of the native Amazon rainforest.

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