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Peru Erlita's Lot

Zingerman's Coffee Company

Peruvian Coffee from Erlita Baca Arce
Roaster's pick for March.
This coffee comes to us from the finca (farm) of Erlita Baca Arce, one of the cofounders of Cafe Femenino, a program created to support and empower female coffee producers. The program originated in Peru and has since grown into a movement, present in remote coffee-growing regions in nine countries.

Erlita’s circumstance was typical of many women working in coffee in Peru: while they have always been crucial to coffee production, men traditionally held the economic power. In 2004, 464 female coffee producers in Peru united to change this dynamic and take a step toward empowerment by creating the first Café Femenino co-op. By uniting in the co-op, the women had potential to get a better price for their coffee.

That potential paid off, literally. These days, many men have signed the deeds of their land over to their wives so their coffee is eligible for Cafe Femenino designation. Men supporting women’s work is helping to create healthier communities.

Erlita and the other women of Cafe Femenino are strong role models for their communities and are inspiring future generations. Her daughter, Ketty, is attending university and studying to be an Agricultural Engineer.

Erlita’s farm is in Nueva York, a small coffee community in the Amazonas region of northern Peru, east of the Andes Mountains. The Amazonas is a high-elevation area, which is ideal for coffee trees: the higher, colder conditions make the coffee beans mature more slowly, giving them plenty of time to develop more sugars and complexity. Erlita's farm sits at about 5,000 feet up.

This coffee has a lot going on. On first sip, it has a deep fruitiness that reminds me of plum. It also has a rich, toffee-like sweetness and a full, creamy body. It's especially delicious brewed in a Chemex or as a pourover.

Roast: Medium.
Tasting Notes: Creamy and complex, notes of toffee and plum.
Facts: Roasted fresh by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. Shipped whole bean.

Regular price $18.00

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