FIDEL HUANCAS, Washed Micro-lot
Fidel produces some very distinctive and elegant washed lots, one of which gained him 4th place in last year’s Cup of Excellence. This coffee is a very typical profile for his farm, tasting of stone fruits like black cherry and plum with a sweetness like milk chocolate and soft white floral aromas.
CULTIVAR: Yellow Caturra & Pache
LOCATION: La Esperanza, El Corazon, Cajamarca
ALTITUDE: 1,750 - 1,850 masl
FOB PRICE: $8.80/kg
La Esperanza means ‘hope’ which reflects Fidel’s ambitions of becoming the best producer in the region. Fidel is the third generation of his family to produce coffee here and he inherited the farm from his father. Since then he has been gradually expanding into a further 1.5 hectares. Over the course of five years he replaced all of the old Catimor and Pache trees with Caturra, which thrives in the environmental conditions on his farm and offers both a high quality cup profile and good yield.
Fidel manages his farm with total focus on implementing best practices, advised by the exporting companies he sells his coffee to. His dedication and attention to detail in every aspect of farm management and processing are what really set him apart and this really comes across in the exceptionally clean and balanced coffees he produces.
This is the first producer which we bought from in Peru. Over our time cupping at the HQ of exporter Finca Churupampa, Fidel’s coffee always stood out and when we visited him on his farm it was obvious why; his attention to detail is impeccable, his enthusiasm for experimentation is fantastic and year after year he is making improvements to his processing facilities.