Variety: Caturra, Pache, Bourbon, Tipica, Mundo Novo, Catimor
Processing: Fully washed, ferment from 15 - 30 hours, dried on covered raised beds 10 - 18 days.
Notes: A daily drinker cup. Fruit sweetness notes of tangerine, fig and date. Body and mouthfeel are balanced with milk chocolate flavors and almond. Very well structured and clean.
Established in 2014, cooperative Union y Fe is found in the San Ignacio, Cajamarca region of Peru. The cooperative has 216 producers who farm a total of 873 hectares of certified coffee, of which 650 are FTO and cultivated under the shade of fruit and forest trees. It's through this shade-grown method that Union y Fe are able to preserve the natural environment in which they farm and comply with organic production standards.
As a group, they strive to generate wellbeing for both their member families and the environment through coffee production. One of the key ways they accomplish this is through the technical assistance they provide to their members. Expert agronomists train members in agronomic best practices, pest control, soil analysis, fertilization, certification compliance, harvesting, and post-harvest processing. They also help members maintain food security by showing them how to raise small animals and maintain vegetable gardens.
Union y Fe producers hand pick only the ripest cherries, and immediately de-pulp and ferment them for 15-30 hours. They are then dried individually by producers on covered raised beds for 10-18 days, until the coffee reaches optimal humidity in the 10.5-12% range. It is then delivered by each individual producer to Union y Fe's warehouse, which has been carefully designed to preserve quality until the coffee can be transported to the regional dry mill and exported.
Valle del Condor, or valley of the condor, pays homage to pre-Inca drawings of condors that can be found on the mountain where Union y Fe farmers grow their coffee. The Valle de Condor lot it is comprised of coffee from a number of the best producers in the cooperative who have been carefully selected by the quality control team for their outstanding quality coffee.