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LOCATION: Colasay, Jaén, Cajamarca
ALTITUDE: 1,700-2,000 masl
Whilst we await the imminent arrival of the new season’s La Montaña we have another great community lot sourced by our friends at Falcon Specialty.
La Palma is a village in the Colasay district of the Jaén Province of Cajamarca in the north of Peru. Most of the coffee producers in this area have farms between 1,700 and 2,000 masl and grow Caturra, Costa Rica 95 and Castillo varieties. The area has a huge amount of potential, due to the growing conditions and varieties and it seems that there is an abundance of Costa Rica 95 in this area, which has adapted well and has a very unique, floral profile. Coffee is generally picked and processed by the producers themselves, fermented for 24 to 36 hours and then dried on tarpaulin mats.
The area is fairly remote and isolated, which has meant that very few buyers have worked directly with producers making it easier for them to sell to aggregators. These are often a local buyer who lives in the same area who 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. Purchasing directly from the community has allowed Falcon to forge long term relationships directly with farmers, improve the coffee quality they can offer from these areas and increase producer household income through access to quality premiums.