Aromas del Valle
The organization Aromas del Valle was founded by Merly Cruz Rivera and Ivan Cruz Rivera in 2015, Aromas del Valle was created to provide much-needed support to producers, as well as increase transparency within the coffee supply chain. Today, the organization stands proud, able to support 317 smallholder members in their socio-economic development. This lot comes from one specific section of the organization.
All members’ farms are located between 1,500 to 2,100 meters above sea level and average less than 3 hectares in size.
Coffee was introduced to Peru in the mid-18th century via neighbouring Ecuador but was not commercially exported until the late 19th century. Production was only increased significantly after the turn of the 20th century, when Peru’s default on a loan owed to the British Government saw over two million hectares of land transferred to Britain (under the name of ‘The Peruvian Country’) as a repayment. A full quarter of this was put under agricultural production, including coffee, and it was at this point that export trade began in earnest.