Prudencio Vargas Saenz originally helped form the Valle Inca producer group as an informal collection of farmers from the Yanatile Valley where he would buy their parchment coffee usher it through the dry mill, and set it up for export. This system allowed him to reinvest premiums from coffee sales back into the community’s infrastructure, but after a few years of success, Prudencio formalized the Valle Inca organization so they could gain Organic and Fair Trade certifications, along with his ability to export on his own.
This system then sees the full circle of coffee in Peru. Coffee in Peru is a government promoted agricultural enterprise, and Peru was early to adopt Fair Trade and Organic certifications to help its coffees stand out in the market. This usually meant prioritizing the certifications over the coffee quality, which created a supply of transparent growing practices without cup quality to support them.
Recently, there has been a movement in Peru to prioritize preserving coffee quality first, which is a key driver to earning higher premiums paid to coffee farmers. By organizing the farmers of the Yanatile Valley, Prudencio has helped market their coffees as high quality options to specialty coffee buyers, and by achieving certifications for the group, Valle Inca now has the ability to better compete in the marketplace against older, more well established co-operatives as well.
There are still many coffee producers in the valley that Prudencio thinks can be incorporated into Valle Inca, and we’re excited to see the future this project holds.
12 oz / 340 g. Whole bean.
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