GROWER: Edith & Ivan Meza Sagarvinaga, Finca Tasta
VARIETY: Caturra, Catuaí
REGION: Challhuamayo community, Laylla district, Satipo province, Junín region, Peru
Peru is the world’s leading producer of organic coffee, and has always been a staple in Royal’s Southern Hemisphere offerings. We’re pleased this season to add a number of small batch single-farmer lots to our lineup.
This bright and zesty Central Peruvian coffee comes to us from the Sagarvinaga siblings: Edith and her brother Ivan Meza. Their farm, Finca Tasta, was their late mother’s project, and the two have since taken over operations. In the last handful of years they’ve refined their processing methods and expanded their operations, and hope to become a beacon of specialty coffee and sustainability.
Edith and her brother Ivan want to lead by example, focusing on sustainability and independence by diversifying crops beyond just coffee to include food for themselves and their workers. They hope to inspire other farmers to move away from monoculture and back towards a model of truly sustainable agriculture. Their commitment to environmental protection is runs so deep that they leave nine hectares of forest completely wild to protect native animals like deer, monkeys, and native birds. They include a deer and a tree in their logo as a symbol of their dedication to the creatures and ecosystems they are committed to protecting.
The obvious energy behind the project is palpable when speaking with Edith, as our own Mayra Orellana-Powell recently did in an interview (you can read that interview here). Her passion for continuing and improving the work of her mother and engaging with her community is clear. She’s an active member of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, and has set up outreach events locally to engage residents in and around Callhuamayo with events like specialty coffee workshops.