Peru - La Union
Flavour Profile: Rose apple, Plum, Rooibos
Region: La Union
Producer: Martin Santois Zurita (La Quebrada) & Segundo Marcos Quinde Abad (La Granadilla)
Elevation: 1850 - 1900 M.A.S.L
Varietal: Typica, Pache, Bourbon, Red Caturra
Roasted for: Filter styles & Espresso
For Your Information
Both Martin and Segundo’s farms are located in the town of La Union, around 2 hours from the association’s headquarters in Jaen; high in Peru’s Cajamarca department. Often in the region, producers will occasionally have more than one coffee farm; often purchasing a few hectares here and there as it becomes available: such is the case for Martin Santos Zurita. Located 1900 metres above sea level, some distance from Martin’s home, coffee from his farm La Quebrada was used. At 1850 metres above sea level, Segundo Marcos Quinde lives at his farm in La Union. Here, Martin uses 4 of 5 total hectares to produce coffee to provide for his family.
Like so many in this region, farm names are chosen in honour of trees or natural features on the farm that stand out among the wilderness. This is often the case in the region. Farm names become symbolic, referring to the characteristics of trees or features that distinguish the farm. Profit from coffee farming in the region is often small; however, families have created a living from for themselves and their families, relying almost solely upon coffee for income. Although other produce is grown, coffee cultivation is often the sole means of income, with all other fruits of labour reserved for personal consumption.