Elmer Cruz Guerrero – La Naranja (La Coipa – El Bosque)
Situated at over 1800masl, Elmer’s lot is made up of local varieties, Typica, Red Caturra & Yellow Bourbon; all of which thrive at high altitudes. Eric also plans soon to begin growing the Geisha variety, with seed provided by the association. Due to the ever-increasing premiums paid for 85+ SCA scoring lots, numbers of new varieties and ‘Nano lots’ continue to grow in the region to meet demands. This drive to develop great coffee is also one promoted by the association, believing that producing great quality, leads to producer empowerment and wider benefits for all coffee families.
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.