Peru – La Colmena by Jorge Diaz Campos
Jorge Diaz Campos is a farmer and a member of the Norcafe Cooperative in Cajamarca, a group we met a year ago, and started to work with this year. Jorge is part of the micro-lot program of the cooperative, and when we got that coffee on the cupping table it was no doubt he made it. His farm, La Colmena, has three hectares planted with coffee and sits above 1900 masl in Lonya Grande, mainly growing Caturra and Bourbon. This was a 20 bag lot, and the annual production at the farm is about 60 bags. The coffee is depulped, wet fermented for 24-36 hours, then dried on pallets with a tarp that works as the patio and/or in a solar tent/parabolic dryer.
Through the cooperative program the producers also receive a significant quality premium for the coffee delivered when the quality is up to standard.
The Norcafe Cooperative has a lot of young farmer members. Even the staff of the cooperative is really young, something we see as a very positive sign for the industry. The cooperative’s mission is to “provide marketing services to families of small producers, involving young people committed to generating value within the supply chain.” Their vision is “to be an organisation with values, providing opportunities for social-economic-environmental development in the communities.”