UNICAFEC is a small close-knit co-operative based in San Ignacio in the north of Peru. Out of their 408 members, 94 are women.
Before they came together, the individual farmers in the area had no option but to take the money that was offered to them for their coffee by the countless middlemen operating in the area. So in 2001 the farmers came together with an idea. Starting with the integration of 106 farmers in the district of San Ignacio, they got together in order to export their coffee directly to avoid middlemen and brokers, therefore improving production volumes and overall quality of the coffee.
For the first few years they focused entirely on improving the health of their coffee plants and the coffee quality. Any spare income was invested into an organic fertiliser programme, technical staff, and agronomists to analyse the soil and conduct farmer training together with better equipment on the farms.
Premiums from the sale of all coffee ‘Grown by Women’ have contributed to the financing of polytunnels for coffee drying which enable the coffee to bedried whatever the weather and have created a major improvement in quality. Delicate sweetness matched bright acidity creates a very distinct cup profile, once which has ensured that we go back to UNICAFEC year after year.
Caramel | Stone Fruit
Location - San Ignacio
Altitude - 1200 - 1700 Masl
Species - Arabica
Varietal/s - Catimor, Caturra, Mundo Novo and Typica
Process - Washed
Taste Notes - Caramel, Sweet Nut And Light Spicy Note in Aroma, Bright and Yellow Plum like Acidity, Low Bitterness, Juicy and Tea-like Body. Caramel, Stone Fruit, Milk Choc in Flavour