This Peruvian El Guayacán coffee is sourced via Caravela.
Peru and Caravela
According to Miguel Sánchez (Caravela’s Perú Country Manager), Peru is like an unpolished diamond in coffee, especially when compared to Colombia. However, Peru is slowly gaining recognition as an exceptional specialty coffee origin, even though it may not be as well-known as Brazil and Colombia.
Peru differs greatly from Colombia in terms of processes and logistics, but it has immense potential to produce high-quality coffees. Most coffee in Peru is grown in the Andes at high altitudes by smallholders with farm sizes of 2 to 5 hectares. Farm infrastructure is often poor, and significant work is required to improve coffee quality.
Caravela has identified over 700 quality-minded coffee growers in Peru who are willing to improve the quality of their coffee. However, building relationships with these farmers takes time, effort, and education.
Many coffee growers in Peru lack information and education about the market and the product they produce. Caravela’s PECA team is addressing this issue by establishing themselves in Peru at two direct purchasing points: one in Quillabamba, Cusco, and the other in Jaén, Cajamarca, where this coffee comes from.
San Ignacio, Cajamarca
San Ignacio is a province located in the north of the Cajamarca department and shares a border with Ecuador. It is well-known for its natural forests and is also considered the capital of Peruvian coffee. Despite its political and religious history, San Ignacio has great potential to grow on a large scale and become a prosperous town.
The community of San Ignacio is working together to make the province a leader in tourism, ecology, and agricultural growth. El Guayacán, a beautiful and majestic yellow tree, is commonly found in the coffee landscapes of northern Cajamarca, giving the coffee its name. These trees also provide shade and protection for the coffee trees.
Peruvian El Guayacán coffee
El Guayacán coffee is produced by quality-minded coffee growers in northern Peru, with whom Caravela’s PECA team has been working for three years. During this time, Caravela has seen impressive improvements in infrastructure and coffee quality.
Caravela is enthusiastic about working with coffee growers from this region because they are committed to investing in their farmers, improving quality, and developing a sustainable and noble standard of living for their community.
El Guayacán is translated as timber trees typically with strong dense hard wood.
El Guayacán Producers
Here are some of the producers from El Guayacán (photos from the Caravel PECA rep Marisabel Vasquez):
Details of the coffee
|Pour over / filter
|Direct from Caravela.
|4.2 USD / pound
|Producer / Organisation
|We took 2x69kgs bags
|Our relationship with Carvela goes back to 2008, this is our first coffee from El Guayacán.
- Caravela website, images and documentation
- Rewrites by ChatGPT
- Merriam-Webster online dictionary.