Angelica Herrera Bustamante owns a small, one hectare farm in the village of Miraflores del Norte in Huabal. The farm is very close to Angelica’s house, where she processes and dries her coffee and the altitude at the farm is around 1950masl. This community has been very isolated over the years and so producers have preserved their old varieties, mostly because they weren’t offered an alternative and because in this altitude coffee leaf rust hasn’t been a big problem. This means that Angelica’s farm is planted entirely with caturra, most of which is yellow caturra, which oddly seems to cup better than anything else in northern Peru.
Miraflores del Norte is an área with a huge amount of potential for quality coffee, with perfect growing conditions and great varieties, however, currently the producers lack support, knowledge and infrastructure which prevents them fulfilling this potential. All of the producers we work with in this area have been selling to various intermediaries and local aggregators, at very low prices, which has meant that they have nothing left to invest in the farm, so production is declining and drying and processing infrastructure is limited and inadequate. Our field team is working with the producers in Miraflores to improve farm management in the off season, so that they can immediately improve yield and plant health, and once the harvest starts again, they will train the farmers on cherry selection, processing and drying. We expect to see the coffee from this area continue to develop and improve.