In the northern part of Peru, in the department of Cajamarca, we arrive to the province of San Ignacio. It is known for its production of coffee and were we meet Santos Roger Quispe and Maria Isabel Diaz Coronel, his wife. They take us to their farm Cedro Quemado, where they have been producing coffee for twenty years. Santos Roger grew up in this area, where his parents also produced coffee, so it can be said that the passion for coffee was inherited. From a young age with his friends, he was interested in this magical cherry and always wanted to learn more about it, with the dream of someday having his own farm. Eventually he was able to do so and so he started his own coffee farm. In this journey, 5 years ago he made the switch to specialty coffee, which made him improve quality and learn new aspects about the crop. Some of the new things he learned where the distances between plants, pruning, fertilizing, and processing of which he didn’t knew before or even applied. This path of quality has brought him things such as a better income and thus a better quality of life for his family, plus, being known in the community for his coffee. For example, his farm has been used to study coffee production as he has healthy trees, even ripeness and a great quality.
As this is an ongoing journey, he is already planning in renewing some coffee trees to improve production and keep learning more to maximize quality. Santos Roger, wants to let you know “I want to invite you to know my farm and the coffee I produce. To see my crop and learn about the coffee plant and the process. From here on, you are cordially invited to my house, but above all my farm”