Notes: Chocolate, Nutty, Dried Fruit
Location: Nueva York, Amazonas Region, Peru
Altitude: 1500 meters
Varieties: Villa Sarchi and Catimor
Certified Organic & Fair Trade
The Cafe Femenino coffee we purchase from Peru represents the efforts of numerous women producers within the CECANOR cooperative. It is one of our most popular coffees not only for its flavor (imagine chocolate on chocolate on even more chocolate) but also for what this coffee stands for in empowering women coffee producers, fostering gender equality, and seeking social change.
We are proud to say we are one of the original supporters of Cafe Femenino coffees, first purchasing and roasting Cafe Femenino Peru when the program began in 2004. We are especially honored to feature the first microlot from Peruvian Cafe Femenino producer, Erlita Baca Arce.
On a trip to Peru last year, Joe Van Gogh owner Robbie Roberts met Erlita who is currently the treasurer of the program in her country and the Vice President of the CECANOR cooperative. He was inspired by her small farm in the remote community of Nueva York as well as her kind, reassuring nature. Erlita is one of the original pioneers who took a stand for change by participating in the Cafe Femenino initiative that has since changed the lives of thousands of women.
Her farm is approximately 2.5 acres producing about 20 bags of green coffee per year. Robbie offered to purchase it all at a premium, and she accepted. And that’s when an entire team of people – from producer, miller, exporter, and importer – all agreed to commit themselves to keeping this coffee separate to be presented as a single farmer lot. It took a great effort across the coffee supply chain, but the results were worth the extra care required to bring Erlita's coffee to you as a microlot.
Erlita's microlot has been the very first time the Cafe Femenino Program of Peru has tried anything like this - and we have been very proud of the results! Not only is the coffee beautiful, the story is beautiful as well.
- Connie Kolosvary, Cafe Femenino Program Director at OPTCO
The local food movement is exciting, but because coffee grows only in the tropics, local coffee is not really possible in North Carolina. Bringing a single farmer’s work all the way from its source is a close to it as we can get. Erlita is a special producer. I was so impressed with her family and her farm, that I asked if she would sell me her entire production -- even before I sampled her coffee as a standalone.
I’m glad to say, it is excellent. To understand where coffee comes from and the long process that puts it in your cup is to make the world a little bit smaller but much grander at the same time.
- Robbie Roberts, Joe Van Gogh owner
Net wt: 12oz