We met Efrain and began working with him last season. It’s no surprise that we fell in love with his coffee after visiting his farm and seeing how he works. He’s become a leader in his village, and has taken many other producers under his wing, sharing his tips of what it takes to grow and process excellent coffee. He lives on his farm which is situated at desirable elevations that extend over 2,000 meters above sea level. The farm, which he started in 2007, is filled with nearly all Yellow Caturra variety that is carefully harvested, processed, and dried right outside his home.
We immediately noticed, this is a serious man, who is serious about his coffee. In an area where most coffee has been traditionally bulked and blended together, it has taken leaders like Efrain to lead the way, focusing on quality and the potential that lies ahead. The winning price of this lot of coffee achieves a price more than 25 times what the farm was receiving just a couple of years ago. The village of El Corazón, and even the surrounding region of Chirinos, has been in celebration following the competition, as it hasn’t just been a win for Efrain, but a win for the whole community and a glimpse of a bright future in coffee for the whole region.