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La Coipa

This exceptional lot is a conglomeration of four farms based in the Cajamarca region of Peru: El Trapiche, Las Fresas, La Palta, and El Mexico. The producers, Maria Nieves, Esperanza Coronado, Maria Gloria, and Ines Carrasco, each work diligently within their farms to produce high quality coffee. Thanks to the support from our exporting partners in Peru, Alpes Andinos, these lots were discovered and blended at their mill in Jaen.

  • Farm La Coipa
  • Varietal Bourbon, Pache, Red Caturra, Typica
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,800 – 1,900 metres above sea level
  • Town / City La Coipa
  • Region Cajamarca
  • Owner Maria Nieves, Esperanza Coronado, Maria Gloria Neira Santos, Ines Carrasco
  • Tasting Notes Syrup, apricot jam, brown sugar
  • Farm Size 2 hectares on average
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La Coipa

All three producers belong to the producer organisation, Alpes Andinos which was founded in January 2019 by just 25 farmers. Today the association works with 115 farms from various villages; located to the north of the Cajamarca department and throughout the Amazonas. Like so many in this region, the names of each farm are chosen in honour of trees or natural features on the farm that stand out among the wilderness. This is often the case in the region. Farm names will be symbolic, referring to characterisable trees or features that help distinguish the farm. Profit from coffee farming is often small; however, families in the region have created a living from for themselves and their families, relying almost solely upon coffee for income. Although other produce is grown, coffee cultivation is often the sole means of income, with all other fruits of labour reserved for personal consumption.

About Peru

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.