In addition to selling coffee from their own farm, the Toctos provide export and marketing services for 215 neighboring farmers. Finca Churupampa has a training center that is open to the entire community, and works with farmers to improve their production practices to break a cycle of poverty that has entrapped farmers in the region for many years.
This special Cascara de Cafe lot comes from the El Poducarpus farm, which is also known as El Romerillo, and belongs to Clever Acosta Romero. He works closely with the Toctos and is a member of Finca Churupampa. He was one of the first farmers to believe in the Tocto’s vision for a sustainable coffee enterprise and was one of the first farmers to grow specialty coffee in the community. Clever primarily cultivates Catuaí and Bourbon and now a little bit of the variety San Antonio on his arm. His coffee has scored 85+ points and has participated in the Cup of Excellence program. Now he uses his farm as a demonstrative farm to train other farmers and show them the concept of high-quality production processes and income diversification (he also raises animals and grows fruits and vegetables).
This cascara lot Sustainable Harvest imported from the 2018 harvest is the first exportable cascara lot Clever has ever produced. As such, it marks an incredible milestone in Clever’s evolution as a producer—it’s a tangible outcome from a high-performing farm he built from the ground up. This cascara is historic for Clever, Finca Churupampa, and the wider specialty coffee production industry in Peru, which is making a name for itself on the international stage through it’s growing quality and diversified offerings.