Peru – Cusco (Organic)
Our organic Peruvian coffee this year comes from a group of small-holder farmers based in the mountains to the North of Cusco. The farmers are members of COLCA which is a cooperative with a long standing social and service orientated mission to support Peruvian agriculture and its people.
Since its initiation, COCLA has offered storage services, coffee processing, coffee marketing and an accounting service. Today this has grown to also include tea, honey, soya beans and cocoa that the farmers may produce. With social initiatives at their core in 2006 COCLA founded a centre that provides women with social services, a health centre and an emergency centre as well as a consulting service for teenagers and young people. Gender equality is also a major concern of COCLA. It promoted the development of a new organisation through the board of directors, dealing with the integration of women and their families in the co-operative. The new Women’s Development Committee, identifies areas of weakness and develops training programmes to promote gender equality and to empower women in carrying out their work.
The co-operative has an Integrated Management and Quality System, which is part of its strategy to develop and implement quality improvement. They work to ensure best practises are being met and also have an outreach network that support producers. During the harvest the producers pick the ripe cherry, then pulp and ferment it overnight for 12-16 hours. After this any immature or overripe beans are removed with washing and the coffee is dried for the next 8 -15 days, weather depending, before delivery to Cocla for assessment and storage.