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Alto San Ignacio is a cooperative located 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, with farms between 1550 and 2000 masl.
Traditionally, these producers sold their coffee to local traders in Calabozo, who would then transport the coffees to the capital of San Ignacio to sell at higher prices. This full day journey was both costly and timely, requiring crossing the river on a floating wooden pulley.
Although selling to local traders in Calabozo was very convenient, many producers were frustrated by the low prices and decided to form their own association. Thus, Alto San Ignacio was founded in 2015. Today, coffees are collected in Calabozo and consolidated deliveries are made to the San Ignacio warehouse. The association’s membership has expanded to include producers in the districts of Namballe and San Ignacio.
The micro-lot which Coptic Light selected from Alto San Ignacio is grown by Cesar Aldaz Serrano, who has been producing coffee at his small two hectare farm, La Hoyada, for more than twenty years in the community of Huangari. We selected his lot for its unique acidity of kiwis and green grapes which are balanced by the floral sweetness of light amber honey.
Country, Region: Peru, San Ignacio
Producers: Finca La Hoyada, Alto San Ignacio Cooperative
Variety: Caturra, Typica
Elevation: 1500 masl
Tasting Notes: Green grapes, kiwi, honey
Additional Growing Information: 18-24 hour wet fermentation, 18 days dried on parabolic covered raised beds, Fair Trade Organic