I was planning on going to Peru for a few years, but in April of 2019, I finally visited my home country. During my trip, I enjoyed visiting the village where I was born and surrounding areas where farmers produce unique coffee. It’s undeniable that the aroma of coffee was everywhere during this trip, and of course, every farmer spoke the “coffee” language.
One of the first visits was to the district of Las Pirias. While there, I met two coffee farmers: Arsenio Rojas and Manuel Milian who live in small villages that are about 30 minutes apart from one another. Arsenio lives in ” El Mirador” with his wife and son cultivating coffee varieties such as Catimor, Yellow Caturra, and Costa Rica. Arsenio’s farms are already producing coffee and the harvesting season just started. The average altitude of the farms is 4,500 feet above sea level.
On the other hand, Manuel lives and cultivates coffee in La Mushca. He cultivates different varieties, but he is currently putting more emphasis on cultivating Geisha that is highly appreciated due to its quality. As an example, last February, he planted about 2.5 acres of Geisha and Catimor together. He is expecting to start picking the first coffee cherries in two years. The average altitude of his farm is 4,900 feet above sea level.
The second place that I visited was the district of Huabal. I met Esgar Delgado and his family there. The rural village where Esgar cultivates coffee is called “El Huaco”. One of the many traits of this area is the altitude and the coffee varieties that perform well in these conditions. Caturra and Bourbon are the varieties with outstanding performance. Esgar has 3.7 acres of Yellow Caturra and 1.2 acres of Bourbon. His coffee is cultivated at over 5,900 feet above sea level. The harvesting season begins in July and he will be ready to share the goodness of his coffee with the world.
My last trip was to the district of San José del Alto. I visited my family’s farms in “El Progreso”. A lot of great memories came to mind when I walked in the farms where I used to work during my youth. While looking around, I realized that the appreciated coffee cherries have already started to change color from green to red as a signal that the harvesting season is around the corner. Among the varieties cultivated are Catimor, Costa Rica and National. The average altitude is 4,200 feet above sea level.
It’s evident that this trip was unforgettable. As presented, each village and farmer in Peru is unique; however, farmers speak the same “coffee” language: a language of hope to learn that their beans are highly valued and consumed by coffee lovers all over the world.
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A mini-documentary is coming soon about this trip. Stay tuned!