San Ignacio, Peru
$18.25 | 12 oz bag
In 2007, Counter Culture embarked on a new, more-transparent model of sourcing in northern Peru. We began focusing on coffee from five communities in the high-elevation areas of San Ignacio. One of the communities, Alto Ihuamaca, has always been among our favorite producers of the five. This year, we were able to source a lot exclusively from Alto Ihuamaca. Look for balanced notes of vanilla, plum, and chocolate with a smooth, round body.
In the early 2000s, the reputation of coffee from Peru was based more on large volumes of production rather than high quality. The cooperative Central Fronteriza Del Norte De Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE), based in the northern Peruvian town of Jaén, set out to change this. In 2006, CENFROCAFE started to gain attention for their quality. That same year, when we first tasted coffee from the cooperative, we were immediately hooked.
We furthered our partnership with CENFROCAFE in 2007 by implementing a unique transparency contract, which focused our sourcing on five communities: Alto Ihuamaca, Bajo Ihuamaca, Las Mercedes, Francisco Bolognesi, and Alto Bolognesi.
From the inception of this project, one moment stands out in particular. During a meeting with the members of these communities, everyone collaborated and voted to name the coffee from the project "Valle del Santuario" after the national park that neighbors many of these communities’ farms. This year, we weren't able to assemble a lot from all five of the communities, which is why we didn’t release a "Valle del Santuario" coffee. We are delighted by the coffee from Alto Ihuamaca, however, and hope to work with the other four communities as well for harvest in late 2018.