Our house blend, Dos Pueblos (two towns) combines coffees sourced through our direct producer partnerships in Peru. Our aim is to select high-quality coffees every season from the small-scale producers we are working with in order to create our go-to espresso. This iteration features a washed mixed varietal micro-lot from (father and son) Ciro and Henry Castro’s farm in the San Ignacio Province, which provides juicy stone fruit acidity and chocolate notes. It is complemented by a communal lot of washed Typica from five producers based in the Santa Teresa District, which brings caramel sweetness. The result is a perfectly balanced cup with a good body and sweetness and a long smooth finish.
Don Ciro Castro and his family lived in the Andes Mountains, where they raised cattle and produced Aguardiente, a Peruvian spirit made from sugarcane. By the 1990s, Don Ciro could no longer compete with the corporate Aguardiente manufacturers so he, his wife and his oldest son, Henry, moved to the village of Jorge Chavez. They built a livestock farm and reinvested the profits into cultivating coffee. In the last few years, Don Ciro and Henry have also led the creation of a community project with their neighbours to transition to speciality grade coffee production. They have been working with our partner Collective Bean, who grade the producers’ coffees with Henry and share roasted samples (enabling the producers to taste the impact of their quality control methods and production practices).
This communal lot comes from five producers based in Santa Tera District: Henry Perez Camacho (contributing 39% of the lot), Leyvi Perez (19.57%), Abelina Alvarez (19.75%), Denny Romainville (15%); Nohemi Perez (6.5%). It is our second year of working together, in partnership with the NGO Bee Cause We Care 365. The producers have typically sold their coffees at a market-set price to the local cooperative. To support them to transition to speciality coffee (and therefore receive higher and more stable incomes), we agreed that the producers would combine the best portions of their harvest to create this communal lot for Conscious. After sampling the individual coffees, we agreed on the price to be paid (on top of the market price), which took into account the extra work each producer had put into their lot. Read more about this partnership on our Transparency Page.
The price of specialty coffee depends on both its quality and the cost at each stage of the supply chain from seed to cup. We break down the costs of each coffee wherever possible to show our commitment to transparency and paying high prices to producers for high quality coffee.
For further details on the prices below visit our Transparency Page.
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