Decaf - El Milagro
ORIGIN: SAN IGNACIO, PERU
PROCESS: WASHED, SWISS WATER PROCESS
TASTING NOTES: CHOCOLATE, RED GRAPE, BUTTERSCOTCH
CASM el Milagro is a small but growing cooperative in the Cajamarca region of Northern Peru. The co-op has an office and cupping lab in the town of San Jose de Lourdes which is only accessible by crossing the Rio Chinchipe river by cable car or raft, making the logistics of getting coffee to market quite difficult.
Most of the members have approximately 3 ha of land and wash and dry their own coffee on site. However, recently the cooperative has built some enclosed drying structures and have been working with their members to improve drying techniques and increase cup quality. In 2015 they began a microlot program and provide cupping feedback to all their members who submit coffee. This has led to much more engagement and excitement to improve quality.