Rutas del Inca sets itself apart in the Peruvian coffee landscape as a young, quality-driven cooperative that leverages its incredible micro-climate to produce some of the finest coffees in the country. Their area of production is quite different than most parts of the country: the farmers of Rutas del Inca grow their coffee at exceptionally high elevation completely encased by mountain ranges. The weather remains cool and consistent throughout the year which allows for even drying of the coffee.
The cooperative is headquartered in the Querocoto District of the Chota Province in Cajamarca, Peru and was founded in 2013 with just 33 members. The cooperative exported its first crop in 2014, cementing itself as a quality-focused, organic-certified producer. The cooperative currently has 258 members—30 women and 228 men—throughout 27 communities in the Querocoto, Huambos and Querocotillo districts.
Nine producers from across the communities of Cucho and Inguer in the Querecoto District contribute the coffee that comprise the El Chasqui microlot, which is singular in its quality and cup profile. Rutas del Inca considers this coffee to be one of its most nuanced and complex, providing a sensory experience dominated by tropical fruit and subtle floral notes. The name “El Chasqui” refers to the Inca messengers who traversed the lands of the Rutas del Inca farmers, delivering fresh fish and other goods from the coast to the city of Cajamarca.
In 2019, Rutas del Inca and Sustainable Harvest expanded the microlot program to the individual level, offering 2-3 bag lots from individual producers.