Peru - Juan Jose

Peru - Juan Jose

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Nestled in the Yanatile Valley in the Department of Cusco in the south of Peru, Valle Inca functions  as a producer group, where Prudencio Vargas Saenz, who created and runs the group, buys  parchment from farmers, reinvesting premiums in the community’s infrastructure to help them  continue to improve quality. Prudencio, who lives in nearby Calca and brings the benefits of his  former experience as an agricultural loan officer, used to operate outside the aegis of a collective,  but after years of running Valle Inca informally, he formalized the organization this year in order to  gain organic certification, Fair Trade certification, and the ability to export on his own. 

Member-wise, Valle Inca is growing fast, with 101+ farmers currently in the fold. It’s no surprise that  more and more farmers want to work with Valle Inca; in the community, Prudencio is known for his  honesty, trustworthiness, dedication, and drive to invest and reinvest in his community, genuinely  engaging their goals and concerns. He also pays higher prices than farmers had access to prior to  the founding of Valle Inca, which has helped to improve quality as well as overall community health  over time. 

One of the things that makes Valle Inca so exciting is that there’s still so much untapped potential  there. There are many more hills and mountain peaks where producers we haven’t yet connected  with are growing great coffee, and Prudencio is working hard to find them and bring them into  the specialty market.


Province - Calca 


Farm Name - Cedruyoc 

Altitude 1800 masl 

Variety - Bourbon & Caturra 

Process - Washed 

Harvest July-August

Tasting Note : Dried Apricots, Snickerdoodle, & Pepitas