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La Naranja – Organic

Through extensive cupping, Esbin’s farms, La Hondura & El Mango and Maria’s farm, Trapiche, have been singled out as some of the top lots from the region this year by our exporting partners in Peru, Alpes Andinos. Both Esbin and Maria’s farms are located in the town of La Naranja, around 2 hours from the association’s headquarters in Jaen; high in Peru’s Cajamarca department.

Esbin firstly inherited El Mango, a small 1-hectare plot, 6 years ago. To increase his yield, Esbin purchased La Hondura, another 1-hectare plot close by, 3 years later. Esbin only joined the association earlier this year after chatting to his neighbour, Elmer Cruz, who is well known as one of Alpes Andionos top producers. Elmer convinced Esbin to join, as not only can Esbin receive a higher price for his quality produce, but Esbin is also able to receive training in making his plots more productive. This drive to develop better coffee is one promoted by the association, believing that producing great quality, leads to producer empowerment and wider benefits for all coffee families

  • Farm La Naranja
  • Varietal Bourbon, Red Caturra, Typica
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,800 – 1,850 meters above sea level
  • Town / City La Naranja, La Coipa
  • Region Cajamarca
  • Owner Esbin Bellasmin Carrasco & Maria Domitila Flores Puelles
  • Tasting Notes Peanut butter, red apple, plum
  • Farm Size Less than 2 hectares
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La Naranja – Organic

Maria, one of the producers of this lot, was born in Naranja and has lived there her whole life. Now aged 53, Maria has 8 children, 4 of whom still live with her. Maria firs purchased her farm Trapiche 6 years ago. Totalling 2 hectares in size, Maria grows a mix of Bourbon, Typica and Pache.

Both of Esbin and Maria’s farms take their names from notable landmarks located on the plots. El Mango after the fruit trees on the farm, La Hondura, its bisecting shape and El Trapiche after the sugar mill that used to be located on the same plot. Like many other farms in the region, the names are symbolic, reflecting the distinguishing characteristics in the surrounding area. Coffee production is currently Jorge and Esperanza’s only means of income, with any fruit trees or other produce grown, reserved only 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.