Peru / El Ciprés
Peru / El Ciprés
Jose Herrera’s Finca El Cipres is a small family run farm located in Huabal, Peru adjacent to a protected forest and the majestic Chorro Blanco waterfall. The trek to the farm is nothing short of impressive as it is accessible only by foot or horseback via a 30 – 40 minute hike through beautiful mountainous terrain from the village of Agua Colorada. Because of this Jose and his family make the farm home during the harvest season.
The farm itself is modest in size covering between 3 to 5 hectares, and is located near several other small parcel farms at an elevation of 1800 masl. Cypress trees, the farm’s namesake, along with sugar cane, and banana trees, abound on the farm providing biodiversity and shade coverage for the coffee. Jose and family have been producing coffee here for 4- 5 years with production producing a modest 4,000 – 5,000 kg of SHB Coffees.
Coffee has been the generational family trade for Jose Herrera, who along with his father and his father own and work this farm beautiful piece of land. Don Jose is very organized and viewed as a leader in this small community where he also owns a small shop selling agricultural goods to townspeople. They live very modestly, mainly subsisting on what is grown on the farm. Near the farm there is a community school that provides primary education for approximately 50 Students.
Coffee production at El Cipres consist of 90% Red Caturra and 10% Yellow Caturra. This coffee is processed similarly to our other Peruvian direct trade coffees in which fully ripened cherries are hand-picked, wet-processed and allowed to gradually sun-dry on concrete patios for 7-12 days. The resulting parchment is then driven to a dry-mill in Puira Peru, where it is hulled and the green beans undergo a meticulous sorting procedure. Once ready for export, the green coffee is packaged in Grain-Pro lined jute bags for shipment from the port of Paita.
Blackberry, vanilla, honey
Producer: Jose Herrera
Farm: El Cipres
Variety: Red & Yellow Carurra