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Finca San José

From planting, to harvesting, to processing, Finca San José is run by Don Angel Cumbicos and his wife Fanny. The micro-climate of Vilcabamba region has been key in their consistent production of microlots showcasing the fresh, floral Ecuadoran flavor profile beloved by coffee enthusiasts around the world. We can't get enough of the dried stone fruit notes that shine in this microlot from Finca San José, and we love how well it's balanced by notes of dark molasses.

Location: San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru Barrio San José, Vilcabamba Parish, Loja Province, Ecuador

Varieties: Red and Yellow Bourbon, Catuai, Creole

Process: Washed

Altitude: 1,650 masl

 

Lauro Guerrero Special Microlot

Lauro Guerrero is a small town of approximately 2,000 people in the province of Loja, most of whom are farmers producing coffee in addition to other crops such as corn, peanuts, beans, and sugarcane. Coffee production in Loja dates back more than 100 years; the culture and traditions surrounding coffee are deeply embedded in the communities here. Due to challenges such as migration and drought, however, coffee production in this area has been declining. In spite of this, the coffee families of Lauro Guerrero, who work with Capamaco Trading to export their coffee, continue to believe in and produce high-quality coffee. By incorporating new varieties, investing in new technologies, and improving processes in coffee post-harvest, the producers of Luaro Guerrero are able to secure higher prices for higher quality. Coffee from Lauro Guerrero is characterized by notes of chocolate, stone fruit, a silky and delicate body, and a pleasant and long-lasting aftertaste.

For Ikawa users: we've profiled an ideal sample roast profile for this coffee! Download the profile here.

 

Location: Lauro Guerrero, Paltas Canton, Loja Province, Ecuador

Variety: Caturra, Creole, Bourbon, Catuai, Typica

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1700-1850 masl

Number of members: 8 producing families

Harvest Months: June - August

Shipping Months: September - December

El Sauce

Quilanga is one of Ecuador’s oldest and most reputed coffee-growing areas with several generations of producers having cultivated coffee in Quilanga. The El Sauce region is one of the highest coffee production areas in Quilanga and on these farms and is famed for its heirloom Criollo variety, a natural mutation of Typica. The producers of El Sauce have found their “secret sauce” by leveraging variety, climate, and terroir with excellent production and post-harvest practices, to produce coffee that stands out for its ripe fruit character and delicate citrus notes.

For Ikawa users: we've profiled an ideal sample roast profile for this coffee! Download the profile here.

 

Location: El Sauce, Fundochamba Parish, Quilanga Canton, Loja Province, Ecuador

Variety: Criollo, Bourbon, Pacas, San Salvador, Catimor.

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1700-2000 masl

Number of members: 9 producing families

Harvest Months: May - July

Shipping Months: September - December

El Guayacán

The Gaona brothers—Camilo (53), Vicente (57), and Iván (49)— were born in the Espíndola canton of the Loja province, an area renowned for quality coffee production. 29 years ago, however, the region was severely affected by drought and the economic depression that followed. They left Espíndola along with their families and seven neighbors and headed east, eventually arriving in the remote community of Nuevos Horizontes and settling down with dreams of building a brighter future.

From planting, to harvesting, to processing, Finca El Guayacan is run by the brothers and their families. The micro-climate of Nuevos Horizontes has been key in their consistent production of microlots showcasing the vibrant, floral Ecuadoran flavor profile beloved by coffee enthusiasts the world over. This coffee abounds with tons of bright, juicy tangerine citrus, a cola-like sweetness with a backbone of chocolate and caramel on the finish.

For Ikawa users: we've profiled an ideal sample roast profile for this coffee! Download the profile here.

 

Location: Nuevos Horizontes, Chito Parish, Chinchipe Canton, Zamora Chinchipe Province, Ecuador

Variety: Caturra, Red Typica, and Yellow Bourbon

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1700 masl

Number of members: Camilo, Vicente and Iván Gaona

Harvest Months: April - August

Shipping Months: September - December

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Market access for exceptional Ecuadorian producers.

Capamaco Trading is an exporting company founded in 2010 by Roberto Jiménez based in the Loja province of southern Ecuador. While techincially not a cooperative in the traditional sense, Capamaco provides many of the same benefits and access to resources for farmers much like a cooperative would, including increased market access, technical training and assistance and higher prices. The company works primarily with growers in the many regions of the southern half of Ecuador, where the diverse traditions of coffee growing date back to the early 1900's. We've worked with Capmaco Trading since 2018. Roberto describes Capamaco as a company that was born from the needs of producers in the south of Ecuador to access the specialty markets that their high-quality coffee rightfully deserves. Capamaco prides themselves on providing a direct and transparent way to access the best Ecuadorian micro-lots.


Specialty coffee from a special place.

Finca San José is located in the famed Vilcabamba region of Ecuador. Vilcabamba comes from the Quichhua word "huilco," which refer the trees in the region once considered sacred to the Incans, and the word "pamba" for "plain" or "valley." The Vilcabamba region is also often called "The Valley of Longevity" due to claims from the local population that their elders commonly live past 100 years of age, with some reports even claiming ages of 135 years old. The locals claim that their long lives are simply due to the clean air and lush natural environment; while the jury is still out on these claims, there's certainly no doubt that the climate in Vilcabama is ideal for cultivating exquisite coffees.


High altitudes, old traditions

With coffee a large number of coffee farms located at around 2,100 masl, the province of Loja has one of the highest zones of coffee production in the world. It's no wonder that this area of Ecuador has traditionally been where Ecuador's best and most interesting coffees come from, with many farms dating back decades and decades. The isolated valleys of the Andes mountain range and a warm, dry climate provide the perfect conditions for coffees to develop unique, flavorful characteristics.


Mzuzu, Malawi

Loja Province, Ecuador

Vilcabamba, or Ecuador's "Sacred Valley," is located in the southern regions of the country, about 45km from Loja. The valley has been called the "playground of the Inca," as it was once used as a retreat for Incan royalty. The valley is overlooked by the legendary Mandango Mountains.


Award-winning coffees from Africa's smallest coffee-producing country.

Malawi is one of the few origins where climate change has not had a large detrimental effect on farming. Production continues to grow and quality progressively gets better and better, with Mzuzu Union leading the pack.
 
In the 2017 Annual Taste of Harvest Competition held by the African Fine Coffee Association, Mzuzu Union snagged 8 out of the top 10 spots and was able to find high premiums at auction for their highest quality lots.

Always improving.

Lauro Guerrero is a small town of approximately 2,000 people in the province of Loja, most of whom are farmers producing coffee in addition to other crops such as corn, peanuts, beans, and sugarcane. Coffee production in Loja dates back more than 100 years; the culture and traditions surrounding coffee are deeply embedded in the communities here. Due to challenges such as migration and drought, however, coffee production in this area has been declining. In spite of this, the coffee families of Lauro Guerrero, who work with Capamaco Trading to export their coffee, continue to believe in and produce high-quality coffee.