HOUSE // El PALTO, AMAZONAS, PERU
El PALTO, AMAZONAS, PERU
Catimor, Caturra, Typica
Apple, Caramel, Plum, Chocolate
The Asociación de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco "El Palto" – in short, JUMARP – was founded in 2003 by José Carranza Barboza and 35 other smallholder farmers. The association was born out of a desire to develop a new, producer-focused model for growing and exporting coffee.
All 188 members produce certified organic and Fairtrade coffee. The cooperative invests the premiums received from these certifications in a number of important community projects, including crop renovations, a fund for education programs and the construction of schools.
One program we are particularly excited to support is their ambitious quality improvement program, which launched in 2012. Funded by Fairtrade and Organic premiums as well as through government funding and member contributions, the program aims to raise general overall cup scores to 85-86 by 2021.
They’re already well on their way to addressing coffee quality at all stages of the production process. They’ve built drying houses, manual pulpers and fermentation tanks at all member farms and helped members plant higher-quality varieties. With these tangible steps towards their goal, we’ve seen a marked improvement in their coffee quality since the initiation of the program. We look forward to continuing to support them as they reach their goals and produce higher and higher quality coffees.