Yanatile is a district in the department of Cusco, in southern Peru. This is a country and region that Dispatch has featured several times over the years, engaging with various actors and supply chains in pursuit of selections that align with our menu’s needs as well as our partnership values. This particular lot, sourced by our importing partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants, is an excellent example of an evolving, improving, and vertically beneficial relationship that we are proud to be a part of.
This lot was produced by four farmers in the Yanatile Valley - Pio Encalada Sumalava, Lucia Abarca Sutta, Marion Huaman Herrera, and Matilde Garcia Monteagudo. These producers, along with about one hundred others, belong to the Valle Inca Producers’ Group, organized and led by Prudencio Vargas Saenz. Before operating Valle Inca, Prudencio worked as a bank loan officer, and this superbly-pragmatic background has greatly reinforced his ability to effect change and progress for the community. After years of informal leadership, Prudencio formalized the organization in order to achieve organic certification and the ability to self-export, and are furthermore working toward Fair Trade Certification in the seasons ahead.