This coffee is from UNICAFEC - a small close-knit co-operative based in San Ignacio in the north of Peru. Out of their 408 members, 94 are women.
Before they came together, the individual farmers in the area had no option but to take the money that was offered to them for their coffee by the countless middlemen operating in the area. So in 2001, the farmers started with the integration of 106 farmers in the district of San Ignacio, they got together in order to export their coffee directly to avoid middlemen and brokers, therefore improving production volumes and overall quality of the coffee.
Premiums from the sale of all coffee ‘Grown by Women’ have contributed to the financing of polytunnels for coffee drying which enable the coffee to be dried whatever the weather and have created a major improvement in quality. Delicate sweetness matched bright acidity creates a very distinct cup profile.