PERU GUERSY DE LA CRUZ MILAN
Province, Region: Utcubamba, Amazonas
Elevation: 1400 - 1600 masl
Variety: Castillo, Pache
Tasting Notes: Pink apples, guava, watermelon
This is our first ever purchase from the Amazonas region of Peru and our first time buying Guersy's coffee, which is sourced by our importing partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants. Guersy's entire harvest this season was 9 bags of which we purchased 4, making us one of only two roasters in the world with this lot.
Guersy is a managing member of the JUMARP cooperative, which stands for Asociación de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco El Palto, and
was founded in the Amazonian Andes of Northern Peru by José Carranza Barboza and
35 smallholder founders in 2003. Together, they created the association out of a desire to develop a new model of growing and exporting coffee, including an ambitious program for quality improvement among its members. Coffee production in the region started in the 50’s when it was the norm to rely heavily on the use of agro-chemicals in coffee farming. After many decades, this group decided to change the old ways and start sustainable coffee production in harmony with the native forest.
JUMARP now has 350 members as well as 12 people who manage the cooperative, including Guersy de la Cruz. Services they offer members include personalized technical assistance and social support such as credits for health care and funeral services. They also provide their coffee marketing services for the national and international markets under strict quality standards and their coffees are Fair Trade and Organic certified. To guarantee democratic decision making, JUMARP focuses on channeling market knowledge to producers so that they can make informed and participatory decisions.
These values translate to a stellar cup, with notes of pink apple, green grape, guava, nectarine, and butterscotch.The microclimate in which they farm is called the “Selva Alta,” a specific type of ecosystem found in Peru and Mexico, with dense, humid forests.