JUMARP “El Palto” is our main source for classic FTO grade 1 Peruvian coffee. Every year, we commit to a couple of containers from the cooperative, so that they can rest assured that they have a buyer for their production, even if it is a tough year for quality. This way, we support their project for quality improvement.
In 2018, we expanded the lineup from El Palto with micro-lots with producer traceability, and a lot from the JUMARP Mujeres group that supports the association’s program for gender equity in their community. This year, we keep on supporting the cooperative’s overall push for better quality, as well as their gender equity program and their microlot program.
Juan Marco “El Palto” producer association
The Asociación de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco “El Palto” – in short, JUMARP – was founded by José Carranza Barboza in 2003, together with 35 other smallholder farmers. They created the association out of a desire to develop a new model of growing and exporting coffee. In 2012, JUMARP “El Palto” launched an ambitious program for quality improvement among its members. They collected funds from the Fairtrade and Organic premiums, from government funding and contribution of the members themselves.
By 2021, the producer group plans to raise the general cup score to 85-86 across the board. To achieve this, they will:
- build drying houses at all member farms, starting where the need is highest at the lower altitudes
- build manual pulpers and fermentation tanks at each member’s farm
- plant higher quality varieties
Social and environmental awareness
Coffee production in the Amazonian Andes of northern Peru, where JUMARP is active, started in the 1950s. Farming practices relied heavily on the use of agro-chemicals for a long time. After many decades, this group decided to change the old ways and start sustainable coffee production in harmony with the native forest. They also realized that united they would stand stronger in the commercialization of their coffee. This way, and by obtaining cer
tification, they want to guarantee a steady income for their members and to improve the living standards of the community.
Its 188 members all produce organic and fair trade certified coffees. One of the priorities of the association over the past two years has been increasing productivity. To achieve this, JUMARP invests half of the premium they receive in crop renovation and conversion to organic farming methods. The fund for education programs and the construction of schools receive another large chunk of the premium. The remaining part goes into the payment of the association’s permanent staff.
Selva Alta biosphere
The producers associated which JUMARP all farm small parcels of land. Altogether, the 188 producers grow coffee on 549 hectares in the “Selva Alta” in northern Peru. This is a specific type of ecosystem found in Peru and Mexico, with dense and humid forests. JUMARP unites farmers in the El Palto area of the Yamón district, located in the Utcubamba province of the Amazonas region in northern Peru.