Peru - La Palma
- Farm: La Palma
- Varietal: Mix inc. Costa Rica 95, Caturra & Castillo
Location: Chirinos, Colasay
- Altitude: 1800 - 2000masl
- Process: Washed
- Owner: Various smallholders
Honey, stone-fruit, lime zest. Caramel sweetness and juicy kiwi acidity
La Palma is a village in the district of Colasay and most of the coffee producers in this area have farms between 1700 and 2000masl and grow caturra, costa rica 95 and castillo varieties. The area is fairly remote and isolated, which has meant that very few buyers have worked directly with producers in this area and aggregators have thrived. Despite this, the coffee has a huge amount of potential, due to the growing conditions and varieties, it seems that there is a lot more Costa Rica 95 in this area, which has adapted well and seems to give a very unique profile. Coffee is generally picked and processed by the producers themselves, fermented for 24 to 36 hours and then dried on tarpaulin mats.
Our importers at Falcon Speciality have been working directly with producers for the last few years, allowing them to control and improve upon existing quality and have full financial traceability. Ensuring these two factors would ensures higher prices are paid for the coffees and to make sure that producers received a fair price for the coffee they deliver, above the market price. In order to do this, they set up a warehouse in Jaen and started to buy in parchment directly from producers. The Cajamarca region holds a lot of potential for quality coffee, with ideal growing conditions and great varieties, but quality is often lost in picking, processing and drying, with producers lacking infrastructure and knowledge. The most vulnerable producers are those that are unassociated – those who aren’t members of a cooperative, association or organisation – and they represent 75% of producers in Northern Peru. These producers don’t have access to training sessions or premiums for quality or certifications, and their income is totally dependent on the market price. Often, local aggregators – a buyer who lives in the same area – will come to the farm or house of a producer and buy their coffee for cash before selling it on; in some cases, directly to an exporter or more often to other traders and middlemen. This results in the producer being paid very little for their coffee and a lot of quality coffee is lost. This shift in approach to sourcing allows Falcon to forge long term relationships directly with farmers, improve the coffee quality on offer from these areas and increase producer household income through access to quality premiums.