Lima Coffee was founded in 2016 by Rony Lavan Guerrero and several other coffee producers in Jaen. Rony had previously worked in quality control with one of Peru’s largest exporters and was very aware of the quality and potential some producers have, but saw those coffees get blended into large commercial lots. To combat this, Rony decided to set up a cooperative with a different structure, he wanted to base the membership on cup quality. He knew of areas and producers in Cajamarca who have great quality and approached them to buy their best prepared coffees, with the aim of selling them as microlots to the US market. In most cases cooperatives are formed by a group of producers with the aim of exporting their coffee and the coffee in their region, but Rony’s model is entirely based on quality and those producers that are more focused on quality.
This lot is a blend of day lots from various smallholder producers around Lonya Grande in the Amazonas region in Northern Peru. These day lots were purposefully blended together based on cup profile. Producers in Northern Peru have their own hand pulping machine and fermentation tank where they process the coffee before drying it on their patio or raised beds in their farms. The main variety grown by these producers is Caturra, with some still growing Typica, Pache and Bourbon. Amazonas is an area which holds a lot of potential for quality coffee. Amazonas has seen a huge rise in popularity of Catimor for its resistance qualities and high production, especially at medium altitudes, which represents most of the coffee lands in Amazonas.