When our Director of Sourcing, Ed Kaufmann, visited Peru in summer 2017, he was particularly impressed by the innovation taking place at Cooperativa CASIL in San Ignacio. CASIL, which stands for Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera San Ignacio de Loyola, is a mid-sized cooperative drawing from farmers across the districts of Cajamarca, in the Northern Highlands of Peru.
Originally founded in 1966, CASIL was once a large association that shuttered its operations in 1985 during turbulence in the Peruvian coffee market. CASIL relaunched in 2002, with a small but dedicated group of farmers committed to finding value through improved quality and sustainability, rather than just quantity. Forty-eight of its 245 members are women, who have their own committee within the cooperative, headed by Rosa Elvito Llovia Quinde, who they call La Presidenta.
The cooperative's focus on microlot separation and dedication to continued improvement of quality are renowned. The 700 hectares of coffee collectively owned by CASIL's members are grown at altitudes from 1,600-1,800 meters above sea level, and are found in Typica, Caturra, and Bourbon varieties. Coffees are processed on each family farm—with drying happening in farmers' own attics and garages, as well as on covered patios and beds. The cooperative's investment in technical training, access to credit for its growers, seed propagation, and sustainable initiatives anchor their operations, with benefits that are obvious both on the farm and in the cup.
We found this delightful coffee to have notes of chocolate and almond in a medium body.
All orders are roasted on Monday and Thursday and are shipped on the same day. Note that if you order Two-Day Shipping after 7am on any given day, your order will be processed *the following roast day*. We do this to ensure your coffee arrives to you as fresh as possible!
All coffee is delivered whole bean. If you need your order ground, please specify your brew method in the special instructions section.
Get this wonderful gift subscription for the coffee connoisseur in your life. Each month for...
Someone will love you for this one! Send a 12 oz bag of The Daily...
This is a great gift for the special barista in your life! Send them a...