Peru - Minca

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 A beautifully balanced cup, with a medium, caramel body; medium, cherry acidity; and notes of red apple, chocolate and graham cracker.



Every producer who contributed to this lot processed the beans — from de-pulping to solar drying — on his or her farm.They washed the beans, fermented them for 10 to 18 hours and then dried them on their patios with a mantada, a special textile, to prevent contamination. There are no central mills in this area.



 In the Qechua language, minca refers to a bond between producers. While they'll hire help for the harvest, during the year they depend on their neighbors, which significantly lowers their labor costs. Groups will travel from farm to farm, accomplishing what needs to be done before moving on to the next farm. This idea of caring for the whole — this social contract — is minca.

Further, during the 1980s and early 90’s, Peru suffered tremendously due to terrorism, and Junin was possibly the most affected area in the country. The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) and the MRTA (Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru) were the strongest terrorist groups in the country. For more than a decade they massacred producers and prevented Junin and other regions from progressing. Almost every producer who contributed to this lot was a victim of this dark chapter in Peruvian history. Many lost their homes and farms, but they survived and fought to keep their lands. Minca is a sign of their unity and perseverance.



 Located between the Andes Mountains and the rainforest, Satipo, a province in the region of Junin, is also known as the ceja de selva, or, “jungle entrance.” It’s a region rich in biodiversity and with very asymmetrical topography, which creates different types of airflows that help the coffee trees to flourish.


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