Our latest Limited Edition coffee, Finca Churupampa, hails from the mountainous reaches of Northern Peru, near the town of Chirinos in the province of San Ignacio. Once a remote and not easily accessed part of the country, the area’s high elevations, desirable varieties and ideal climate are making it a highly sought-after place for sourcing special coffees.
Finca Churupampa is the name of the farmer initiative started by the Tocto family, who also own and operate their family farm under the Churupampa name. The Tocto Brothers (Eber, Luberli and Eswin), along with their father Pedro Pablo, started working with growers in the surrounding area in 2012. In 2015, they began exporting both their own family’s coffee and their neighbors’ coffees, under the Finca Churupampa company name. Known locally as “Finca”, the family’s goal was to create a special project in which quality of life was just as important as coffee quality. The innovative business model of Finca Churupampa is years ahead of other groups in the area – it is truly a local, home-grown initiative in which the farmers are in direct control of their product and livelihoods.
The family’s goal is to show farmers that growing coffee can be lucrative and can provide a comfortable standard of living. They hold regular workshops at their model farm to teach Finca’s members best farming practices, such as setting up organic composting systems to eliminate the need to purchase fertilizers. They also teach members how to cup their own coffees so they are aware of the value of their crop and how these best practices can improve cup score and price.
For out lot, we cupped with the Toctos at their second floor cupping lab, overlooking the town and mountains of Chirinos. Together we selected a cup profile that is indicative of the best quality coffees from this region of Peru – notes of peach, nectarine and tropical fruits, complemented by an underlying brown sugar sweetness and a touch of cream.
Available for a limited time this spring.