JUMARP is a cooperative in the Amazonas region of northern Peru. Founded by thirty-five farmers in 2003, JUMARP has now grown to over three hundred members, producing organic and Fair Trade certified coffees. Currently, forty heads of households are women, including continual representation on the Board of Directors. This coffee was introduced to us by ElevaFinca, an organization that oversees agroforestry and sustainable land use projects in Peru and Colombia.
JUMARP is one of six cooperatives involved in ElevaFinca’s Cafe Selva Norte project, launched in 2019. In their own words, this project “aims to transition the coffee value chain to a more sustainable model to all value chain stakeholders.” This broad goal is refined through strategic lending to farmers, improvement of production and processing traceability, forestry renovation and conservation, and establishment of coffee tree nurseries. In the last eighteen months alone, over $300,000 USD has been loaned to producers belonging to the six member cooperatives, 170 hectares of forest have been renovated, and over half a million coffee trees have been planted across five nurseries.
While many organizations share ElevaFinca’s overarching goals, we appreciate this project’s diligence and vision. They have articulated specific, quantifiable deliverables to be achieved over a span of fifteen years, and we can already see the actions they are taking to achieve them. Financing thousands of producers, renovating and conserving hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest, and offsetting millions of tons of carbon dioxide are just the sorts of massive, critical actions needed to impart meaningful impact to this vast and complex supply chain. We are proud to align ourselves with a range of entities doing their parts to effect these changes.
This particular selection comes from three of the cooperative’s producers - Osmar Ruiz Carranza, Tomas Ortiz Huanambal, and Anita Yovana Rodriguez Sigueñas. Predominantly Catimor and Villasarchi, this lot also contains some Bourbon and Pache Bourbon, all grown between 1,300 and 1,800 meters above sea level. In the cup, we taste date, pear, and buckwheat honey.