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Valle del Inca

Pérou 333g

A soft and sweet all-day sipper. We taste almond milk, chamomile, and cocoa.

People

Reyna Dueñas Serrano and Justina Inquillay Mamani are two farmers in neighboring communities in Yanatile, Cusco, Peru. This is our second year working with Red Fox, our importing partner, to represent individual women from cooperatives in Peru. Reyna is a young mother with a small farm of her own, and Justina works a plot of community-owned land with her children. In the cup, we taste almond milk, chamomile, and cocoa.

Supported Causes
Production detail
RegionCusco
ProcessWashed
Farm systemTwo small farms
Varietal(s)Bourbon, Typica, Mundo Novo
Reminds us ofAlmond Milk, Chamomile, Cocoa
KG's purchased2070kg

Story

This is our second year working with our importing partners, Red Fox Coffee Merchants, to highlight the work of individual women who bring their coffees to cooperatives in Peru. Last year’s offering came from three women in the north, near Cajamarca, producing a bright, tropically fruited offering characteristic of the region. Cusco is much farther south, and the quintessential flavor profile is milder, softer, and “sweeter” in the traditional sense of the word. 

Asociación Agraria Valle Del Inca (“Valle Inca” for short) is a producers’ association led by Prudencio Vargas Saenz, the group’s founder and chief operator. Prudencio supervises the purchasing of parchment from farmers, and handles the responsible reinvestment of premiums into community infrastructure projects that aim to sustain and improve quality over time. Prudencio brought an exceptional amount of agricultural and financial experience with him when he founded Valle Inca, and he has rapidly gained the trust and respect of farmers throughout the area. Currently representing over one hundred producers and self-exporting certified organic lots, Valle Inca is a powerful example of a well-run producers’ association.

While organizations like this often facilitate a mixture of large community-lots and single-farm micro-lots, offerings like this one are rare. Without an explicitly defined pre-harvest goal and strong trust among our supply chain partners, coffees like Reyna’s and Justina’s would most likely wind up in larger lots. While certainly the quality is strong, it is not quite the caliber that would warrant lot separation without a pre-committed buyer. Blending the two together boosts the final coffee’s overall quality and complexity, and also allows for a heftier (and thus more efficient) exportable volume, yielding something greater than the sum of its parts. 

For us, flavor profile is secondary to these supply chain considerations, but we do regard quality as a prerequisite for viability on our menu. With this one, we gravitated toward its softness, creaminess, mild fruits, and chocolatey foundation. This is a lovely coffee that we know most people will enjoy, but that will especially reward those who spend a little more time with it, exploring different ways to highlight its nuances and subtleties across a variety of brewing methods and styles. In the cup, we taste almond milk, chamomile, and cocoa.

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Production

Varietal(s)Bourbon, Typica, Mundo Novo
KG's Purchased2070kg
Processing MethodWashed
Arrived at DispatchMay 2022

Who it's From

ExporterAsociación Agraria Valle Del Inca
ImporterRed Fox
ProcessedCentral mill
Farm SystemTwo small farms
Relationship DurationNew
Number of Contributors2

Where it's From

RegionCusco
CountryPeru
Elevation1,750 - 1,900
Sub-regionYanatile