Gonzalo Guevara Martinez has dedicated his whole life to the cultivation and improvement of his farm located high in the mountains of Huabal, Cajamarca. A skill he learned from his father, farming coffee has been part of the fabric of Gonzalo’s family for quite some time. With every season comes an increase in production and a better understanding of how to deliver the best quality coffee he can.
In 2017, Gonzalo co-founded the Santuario Cooperative which has united 360 smallholder producers from Northern Peru's Cajamarca region, one of the most impoverished but promising coffee-growing areas in the country with a diversity of micro-climates. The cooperative is committed to adding real value to people’s lives through honesty, transparency, dedication to education and growth, and devotion to quality. Members are provided technical field assistance from agricultural experts who offer advice on soil fertility, cultivation techniques, harvesting, and post-harvest practices. As a result, smallholder producers are able to improve their coffee quality and ultimately receive better prices.
We selected Gonzalo's delicious micro-lot coffee from his own farm El Cedro for its elegant stone fruit sweetness, creamy lemon meringue texture, and juicy honeydew finish. Enjoy!
Country, Region: Peru, Cajamarca, Jaén, Huabal
Farm, Cooperative: El Cedro, Santuario
Processing & Type: Washed
Varieties: Caturra, Bourbon, Catuai, Typica
Elevation: 1750 masl
Additional Growing Information: 27-30 hour wet fermentation, 10-20 days dried on patio or carpa solares (larger capacity solar tents built either of wood or adobe covered with plastic or polyurethane sheeting. Add in raised beds, and drying capacity is significantly improved)
Roaster's approach: "I experimented with a few different profiles before landing on this gentler heat approach which really highlights this coffee's creamy mouthfeel which reminds me of papaya and meringue."