THE FALCON COFFEES PERU BOX | 5 Coffees | 2 Producers | 1 Regional Lot

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Owner: Falcon Coffees Peru
Producers: Eli Espinoza, Efrain Carhuallocllo, Jaen Regional 
Location: Cajamarca, Peru
Varietal: Caturra, Geisha, mixed
Process: Natural and Washed 
Altitude: 1800 - 2000
Cup Score:  86 - 90
Av Price/kg £24
Cup profile: A range of clean, sweet, balanced, well-structed and accessible coffees from Northern Peru.

5 x 1kg green coffee selection box curated to showcase the expert producers of Falcon Coffees Peru. 5 coffees, 2 producers, 1 regional lot. 

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Description

FALCON COFFEES PERU - THE STORY SO FAR...

In 2018 we established Falcon Coffees Peru with 35 farmers. These farmers were selected based on their potential and willingness to produce coffee of outstanding quality. Most were based in an area called Huabal.

As of 2024, we work with 304 registered farmers across 15 districts in the province of Cajamarca and 18 producer associations. Our team in Peru has grown to 12 employees (5 women and 7 men) that comprise our quality and logistics departments as well as an in-house agronomist. Our export office in in Lima.

History

Alongside Honduras, Peru has historically been regarded as the discount Latin American origin of unremarkable and often unreliable quality. This reputation and its accompanying price discount are the results of supply chains focused on large volumes based on aggregated quality, built to serve roasters seeking value over remarkable coffee. This happens at the expense of Peruvian farmers who don’t reap the rewards of higher income through improved quality.

Mission

 

We believe that Peru has the potential to match up on quality to any of its origin counterparts in Latin America. We set out to prove this.

 

The altitude of the Andes combined with rich volcanic soils and tropical rainfall means that Peru has the ideal topography and climate for producing high quality Arabica coffee. We identified the problem as post-harvest processing. Farmers had received little to no training on the chemistry and precision required to maximise the quality of their coffees. We realised that if we provided training that demanded attention to detail, we would need to offer the financial incentive to reward those farmers who made the effort.

 

We focussed on improving our operations and technical activities. This has allowed us to increase volumes and develop the in-house facilities at our dedicated warehouse space. Most smallholder producers lack on-farm drying infrastructure to dry their coffee properly, so we also installed additional drying facilities close to our warehouse, enabling producers to achieve optimum moisture levels and lock in cup quality that would otherwise be lost where coffee cannot be dried properly.

 

In 2019 and 2020, Falcon paid on average double the commercial rate for parchment in Jaen.

Enter, Cup of Excellence Peru

Quality drives market demand at premium prices, immediately impacting household revenue. Quality demands training and investment, opening the door to Good Agricultural Practices and incentivising improved environmental stewardship. There is no greater commercial achievement for a coffee producer than placing in the Cup of Excellence competition. It is a badge of honour that provides life changing recognition for producers who go the extra mile with their investments of time, resources and skills. It is the industry gold standard for driving world class quality. Hundreds of farmers enter these competitions, very few make the top ten due to the rigorous scoring criteria.

Eli Espinoza

In 2018 Falcon Coffees Peru was established in the northern town of Jaen with an initial intake of 35 farmers. Among them was Eli Espinoza, owner of a small, four-hectare farm, high up in the village of Las Pirias. In 2019 Eli entered the Cup of Excellence Peru competition for the first time. He was unsuccessful but received vital feedback on how to build on his knowledge and lift his crop quality. Under the guidance of our agronomist, our team in Jaen set to work deriving the maximum potential from Eli’s farm. We assisted the installation of a solar dryer and Eli began to experiment with natural processing.

In 2020 Eli re-entered Cup of Excellence Peru and won 8th place with a score of 88.73. This marked the first time ever a natural coffee has placed in the top 10. 

In the 2021 competition, a total of 5 Falcon Coffees Peru farmers placed in the top 24 with 2 in the top 10. 

Efrain Carhuallocllo

As one of the most innovative coffee producers in Peru, Efrain Carhuallocllo Salvador runs his farm and wet mill with extreme precision and care. He owns 4 hectares of land in the village of El Corazon located in Chirinos district. Efrain grows both yellow and red Caturra and Geisha varieties. Passionate about implementing sustainable practices, Efrain does not use using any herbicides or pesticides on his farms.

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Today we continue to work with producers on how to get the best from their crops, as well as assisting them with diversifying varietals on their farms and supporting them to innovate with processing techniques.