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Coffee came to Peru in the mid 1700's and was most likely introduced by Dutch immigrants. The Dutch brought the Typica variety which still dominates especially amongst the older farms and micro-farms. The first coffee plantings were in Chinchao, Huanuco in Selva Central and disseminated from there to the Northern (Cajamarca) and Southern (Cusco and Puno) regions of the country. Peru had its first coffee shop in 1771 in Lima and started exporting coffee in 1887. 
This lot is produced by COOPAFSI (Las Damas de San Ignacio" Ltda)  which was officially established in June 1969.  Gender equality was an important factor when the land was purchased and divided among producers.  This particular cooperative is unique because they empower and promote "women grown" coffee.  These women contribute to the physical and sensory quality of the  coffee.  "They are always managing new projects and developing new ways to improve the lives of their families.  They focus their efforts on improving quality and delivering consistent coffee to different markets."  In 2016, a committee of women was created by the cooperative to be responsible for distributing loans which will enable producers to improve their own land while also taking part in new developments for their kitchens, crafts and livestock.  They also created a computer lab which allows all members to stay up to date with modern technology.  

 










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