Genaro Huancas | La Capilla Community
Peru is renowned for producing high-quality coffee beans, with various regions gaining recognition for their unique flavour profiles. The Piura region in the north, where the La Capilla community, including Genaro Huancas, has been doing fantastic work, has recently gained attention. Despite being new to coffee cultivation, with many farmers previously growing crops such as corn, beans, and potatoes, municipal projects promoting coffee cultivation have encouraged them to plant high-quality coffee varieties such as Caturra and Typica, as well as rust-resistant options like Catimor.
Unfortunately, most farmers sold their beans to local intermediaries at low prices, unaware of their crop's quality or cupping score. However, Cultivar, our green exporter partner, recognised an opportunity to help these farmers improve their livelihoods by producing exceptional coffee. They incentivised farmers to invest in their farms and produce better crops by offering a higher base price for quality coffee and providing the necessary training and resources to understand coffee's value and improve its quality.
Cultivar's work includes training on coffee processing methods, from picking and processing to drying, both washed and natural, introducing farmers to new flavour profiles achievable through different processing methods. Additionally, they have taught farmers about cupping, allowing them to evaluate their coffee's quality and compare it to other coffees on the market.
Through our partnership with Cultivar, we have sourced a fantastic lot that reflects the region's terroir and the farmers' commitment to quality. It's amazing to see the positive impact of Cultivar's work and the potential for exceptional coffee production in the Piura region.