Puno’s coffee consolidates as the best in the world for the second consecutive year.
The Global Specialty Coffee Expo EXPO Seattle 2018, in the United States, gave the triumph to Vicentina Phocco Palero, for the world prize for the best quality coffee.
It has a unique name and we explain why. It is called “Coffee of the clouds” because it has notes of cherries, pineapple, lemon, and roses. It is harvested at 2,400 m.s.
Vicentina’s coffee is of the variety catimor, typical, pache and bourbon, with 88.5 points in the cup.
“I am happy to have won this award. I am a coffee woman from Tupac Amaru, Alto Inambari, province of Sandia, department of Puno. ” Those were the first words of Vicentina Phocco to the local media after the result that makes her triumphant.
Vicentina walks three hours to get to her farm. That is why, when he takes the floor, he does not hesitate to make several orders: a road, a laboratory for his Tupac Amaru cooperative and the possibility of taking his coffee to the fairs in Lima. He wants support to enhance the now famous ‘Café de las Nubes’ of the ‘Quechua’ brand.
This is the second consecutive year that Peru wins the world prize for the best quality coffee. In 2017, the winner of this fair was Raúl Mamani Mamani, who received the same award with the Tunki brand.
The coffee grower is a beneficiary of the Improvement Project of the Coffee Production Chain, financed by the National Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) and executed by the District Municipality of Alto Inambari. Both institutions provided technical assistance in the cultivation of the grain and supported the equipping of postharvest modules to improve coffee quality.
Coffee farmers in the Tambopata and Inambari valleys of the Puno region have patented eight brands of specialty coffees, which are in high demand in the US and European markets. And the income from sales exceeds 6 million dollars a year.
“It is the result of more than 50 years of work in the field, at first with a rustic technology to produce purely organic coffee, achieving possession as the best Peruvian coffee,” says Jimmy Larico, manager of the Central Cooperatives of the Valleys of Sandia (Cecovasa)
Among the eight brands of specialty coffees are Titicaca, Aymara, Tambopata, Bahuaja, Tunki, Quechua, Inambari, and Sillpa. All are creations of Quechua and Aymara farmers from Puno, who grow organic coffee in the valleys of the province of Puneña de Sandia.
Less than a month ago, the 21th National Coffee and Cacao Convention, had more than 200 leaders from the coffee and cocoa sector, and representatives of organizations from Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil, the United States, the Netherlands and India, announcing : the National Coffee Plan will be ready this June 28.
The welcome was in charge of Eduardo Montauban, manager of the Peruvian Chamber of Coffee and Cacao.
The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture explained the progress and challenges of the National Coffee Plan, which has not existed for eight years. By 2030, the challenge is that Peru as a producer, exporter and consumer of coffee, sustainable quality and adapted to climate change, is recognized worldwide.
The objectives of the plan are to increase production, productivity, and sustainability of coffee production systems with technological innovation.
The strategic activities included research and technological development, technical management and sustainable production, pest reduction and a recovery program for coffee landscapes.
It seeks to promote the internal consumption of coffee and improve the social, economic and environmental conditions of the coffee growing areas.
Source: Perú.com / Andina / Ruta del café peruano
By: Laura Loayza