Coffee from the San Ignacio CASIL Coffee Cooperative, Cajamarca, was recognized by the German Coffee Roasters Federation with the gold medal for its exceptional quality, the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Export and Tourism – PROMPERÚ reported.
The recognition was granted after the leading coffee roasting company Schramms-Kaffeerösterei, from the German city of Speyer, put Peruvian `Rosa Elvita' coffee on sale, purchased directly from the producer, a member of the CASIL Cooperative, Rosa Elvira Lloclla Quinde, whose farm is located in the town of Bajo Ihuamaca, in the province of San Ignacio.
Another well-known roaster – Die Rösterie, based in Hamburg – also put coffee on sale that was purchased from the producer Santos Acha Rivera, also a member of CASIL.
In Germany, the sale price of these ready-roasted and packaged Peruvian coffees is over 27 euros a kilo, higher than the average for fine coffees of other origins, which is helping to position Peru as a country of origin for specialty coffees.
It should be noted that the aforementioned German roasters, together with other roasters from Germany and France, were part of a trade mission of coffee buyers organized by the Peruvian Commercial Offices Abroad (OCEX) in Germany and France with the support of PROMPERÚ. This mission visited various cooperatives in the regions of San Martín, Amazonas and Cajamarca with the aim of making their members more familiar with specialty coffees and encouraging them to buy directly from producers.
CASIL was one of the cooperatives visited and where the buyers bought the coffee directly from the producers. These tours allowed the German roasters to check the proper management of the plantations, post-harvest processing and drying. The program of missions in which they participated allows small producers located in remote and difficult-to-access areas to obtain better prices and, in the destination markets, contributes to positioning Peru as an origin of high quality specialty coffees.
German roasters have been pleased with the quality of CASIL's coffee, expressing interest in continuing direct imports from San Ignacio producers to their warehouses in Europe.
The CASIL Coffee Cooperative has been participating in the PROMPERÚ Export Route for the last three years, strengthening its commercial management with an international vision. They have successfully participated in various trade fairs for coffee, trade missions and business conferences.