Isidro Peña | El Cedro
Isidro Peña a coffee farmer from Namballe, is a young and ambitious farmer from a large family of eight children. Isidro is passionate about coffee production and takes great care of his farm, which is located near the Tabaconas-Namballe National Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a national park that spans over 32,000 hectares and is home to the southernmost part of the páramo ecosystem in Peru.
The natural surroundings and abundant water resources provide the ideal conditions for coffee cultivation, but the zone is hard to reach, and the road is often damaged, making it challenging for Isidro to transport his coffee. Despite these challenges, Isidro has been increasing his yields for a couple of years by focusing on the production and care of his farm. He understands the importance of taking care of the environment and the quality of his product.
Isidro harvests and processes the Catimor cherries separately from other varieties. He depulps them on the same day as picking and ferments them for up to 50 hours on cold days. The fermentation time can vary, but Isidro takes great care to ensure that the cherries are washed with clean, fresh water before being placed to dry.
To improve the quality of his coffee even more, Isidro plans to build his own solar dryer. He borrowed his brother's solar dryer to dry his parchment, but for the next season, he is investigating the options to build his own construction. This will enable him to have more control over the drying process, which is crucial for the quality of the coffee.