El Aliso - Peru
Origin: Cajamarca, Peru
Tasting Notes: Honey, Pear, MandarinEl Aliso is a farm operated by Otoniel Abad Rios, a member of the Alto San Ignacio Association in the Cajamarca region of Peru. The Alto San Ignacio Association was founded in 2015 by a group of producers in the community of Calabozo, a small town on the eastern side of the Chinchipe river in northern Peru. These producers have high quality varieties—primarily Caturra and Typica—and conditions are ideal for growing coffee. Traditionally, these producers sold their coffee to local traders who would pick the coffee up in Calabozo. Accessing higher prices in San Ignacio required coordinating a difficult round trip that takes a full day, which is costly in both time and money. Don Otoniel, one of founding members of Alto San Ignacio and the current vice president, connected with the manager of Aprocanorsi who suggested they form their own association to increase their market access and obtain higher prices. Today, these members collect their coffee in Calabozo and make consolidated deliveries to San Ignacio, where they have a warehouse.
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