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Peru Felix Mundaca

$20.00

Felix’s coffee is exceedingly electric and robust with tangy notes of kumquat and Cranberry with a toffee-like finish.

Producer: Felix Mundaca
Region:
Colasay District, Jaen Province, Cajamarca Region
Roast Level:
 Light
Process:
Extended Washed
Variety:
Bourbon Marshel

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Peru Felix Mundaca

$20.00

Felix’s coffee is exceedingly electric and robust with tangy notes of kumquat and Cranberry with a toffee-like finish.

Producer: Felix Mundaca
Region:
Colasay District, Jaen Province, Cajamarca Region
Roast Level:
 Light
Process:
Extended Washed
Variety:
Bourbon Marshel

Clear

COFFEE INFO

Colasay is a new coffee-producing area to Utopian Coffee. To enter the Colasay district you drive miles upon miles of extremely dangerous switchbacks paved into the steep mountains. Once you finally reach the actual village of Colasay, there’s yet another two hour drive to the coffee-producing areas near the mountaintop. To reach Felix, we drove until we hit the literal “end of the road” and then began a two-hour hike.

Felix’s farm is about 6 acres in size and receives direct sunlight throughout the entire day. On his land, Felix cultivates Bourbon and Catimor variety trees, with the Bourbon being processed a specific way and sold to Utopian, and his Catimor seeds being processed and sold as cash-crop into the local market.

Felix uses a special fermentation profile called “Fruta Madura.” During the harvest, Felix separates his ripest cherries and then places them in a plastic bag with fresh water. He allows the cherries to ferment 48 hours in the bag with water before removing and depulping. By doing this, he’s essentially extending the fermentation in a controlled environment, which builds complex flavors in the cup. I believe this special fermentation process, alongside the direct sunlight his Bourbon trees receive, contributes significantly to the intensity of citrus flavors we find in his coffees.

In the cup, expect electric citrus-acidity reminiscent of a ripe kumquat with a tartness akin to cranberries. This coffee displays a level of intensity not normally found in Peruvian coffees, and we are excited to share this coffee with you.

PARTNERSHIP

My pride is in my land and being able to bring people here and show them this land and my work. – Felix Mundaca

Felix Mundaca takes pride in being a coffee farmer. You can see it in his eyes as he surveys his trees from his mountainside farm. Before the end of our visit with him, we asked, “Do you have hope for your future?” His response humbled us greatly:

“I wait for the day I can have hope.”

Like so many coffee farmers, Felix struggles to make enough money to genuinely improve his life. Luckily, he has managed to make more than previous years by partnering with Origin Coffee Lab (OCL). Unlike larger cooperatives in Peru, OCL pays farmers within hours of delivery. Additionally, OCL offers some of the highest premiums in all of Peru. Felix told us he has “never looked back since beginning to work with Origin Coffee Lab. There’s no comparison.”

We work with Origin Coffee Lab to source all of our Peruvian coffees. By doing so we ensure coffee farmers are paid equitable wages for their work and are rewarded for achieving excellence in quality. For his work, Felix Mundaca was paid $3.38 a pound, while at the time the C-Market price was $1.77 and the local market rate was around $2.

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