You may remember us bringing in coffees from the province Jaén in Cajamarca in past years, and we are excited to feature it again this year - this time specifically in the district of Huabal.
Led by president Gonzalo Guevara and general manager Ismael Alarcon, Santuario has grown rapidly in the three years since its founding, currently supporting an active membership of over 400 smallholder producers and producer groups.
Working with a mission to help smallholder producers get the best possible prices for coffee through quality improvement, Santuario also offers technical field assistance, sending individuals with agricultural experience and training to offer advice on soil fertility, cultivation techniques, harvesting, and post-harvest practices in order to improve quality.
Uniting smallholder producers from northern Peru’s ecologically diverse Cajamarca region, Santuario’s long-term goals include helping farmers renovate their farms with the best-tasting and most resilient coffee varieties, controlling pests and soil fertility through organic means, helping farmers navigate the effects of climate change, and helping scale improved drying practices as the coop grows. In addition to helping farmers access the specialty market, Santuario’s focus on long-term sustainability offers a path to long-term profitability for smallholders.
This coffee is light, with low acidity and grows even sweeter as it cools.
We taste: green grape, almond, apple butter, molasses