Tasting Notes: MACADAMIA, CREAM, CHOCOLATE
Process: Full natural and sun-dried on raised beds
Variety: Local Arabica Cultivars
Roast: Light / Medium
12oz Zippered Bag
Ecuador is one of the more elusive origins, likely the result of a high cost of production, which makes it more difficult to compete in a global market. A producer’s survival here depends on an ability to make a premium to cover the higher costs of labor. Juan Peña, who established an export company called CaféExporto, has been working on ways to capture quality premiums with a group of producers from the community of Santa Isabel who cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land. Juan believes the climate in Santa Isabel has potential for quality and he has been providing seed and technical support to producers. Through a model of collaboration, Juan has been able to build a traceable community blend with a vibrant regional profile. Each participating farmer earned an average of $2.10 equivalent per green exportable pound of coffee during the 2021 harvest.