Peru - Ronal Carranza Montenegro - FTO


Cupping Notes: blackberry, cherry, toffee, honey

This standout Fairtrade & Organic microlot comes from farmer Roal Carranza Montenegro and his farm Corazon and El Morero in the Amazonas region of northern Peru.

Ronal Carranza Montenegro is a founding member and general manager of Asociacion de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco El Palto (JUMARP), also know as "El Palto."  The cooperative is located in the Amazonian Andes in northern Peru.  Founded 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 organization families, including continual representation on their Board of Directors.  The Association's mission is to meet the demand of our buyers in specialty coffee allowing an increase in income for the members and their families.

Ronal has been around coffee farming all his life, as a founding member of the co-op he is passionate about improving the livelihoods of the farmers in his community.  His brothers work alongside him in an administrative capacity at the co-op.  His farms Corazon and El Morero range between 1,400 and 1,500 masl and produce the varieties of Bourbon, Geisha, Pacamara & Pache.

This lot was produced with a traditional washed process.  Cherries are selectively harvested, floated to separate any low -density cherries, pulped and then dry fermented for an average of 30 hours.  After washing in clean water the coffee is dried on raised beds for around 20 days, or until the optimum moisture content has been reached.

This co-op 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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