La Huaca is a village in the district of Huabal which is home to over 30 coffee producing families. The farms in this area are mostly around 1800masl and are planted with caturra, typica and catimor. There has been a rise in catimor in this area, due to coffee leaf rust, and since producers aren't often covering costs of production and so can't invest in the farms and aren't paid for quality, there has been little incentive to maintain pure arabica varieties. However, many producers have maintained some areas of caturra and typica and the quality in general from this village is excellent, but with some technical improvements the cup quality will improve considerably.
This blend was made up of a number of different producers from the village of La Huaca, all of whom are unassocaited. Huabal is a district in the province of Jaen and its main agricultural crop is coffee, with some cacao and rice in the low altitude areas. Since Huabal is part of Jaen, it hasn’t had the same level of investment in roads and infrastructure as some of the districts in San Ignacio (the neighbouring province). This means that Huabal is much more isolated and inhabitants have difficulty moving between villages and to Jaen city, making the flow of materials for construction and investment from local businesses limited.
For the coffee producers in Huabal, this generally means that they have very little access to training and direct markets since local buyers dominate and prices are kept low by intermediaries controlling the supply chains, which ultimately means that they are unable to invest in their farms, so they’re often poorly managed, and they don’t have ample processing and drying equipment.
Despite this, Huabal is one of the districts with the most potential for quality coffee, with ideal growing conditions, a lot of pure arabica varieties and a unique microclimate that gives a very distinct cup profile which can rival the best coffees in Latin America.
Peruvian - La Huaca Huaba
Tangerine, lemonade, honey. Full of citrus fruits, vibrant and complex.
1800 - 1900 MASL
Cup score 86