THE STORY BEHIND LOS ALISOS
Nestled in the mountainous San Ignacio province in Northern Peru is a remote little hillside town called Chirinos, home to coffee cooperative La Prosperidad. About three thousand people live in Chirinos, which is densely settled on a hilltop 1600 meters above sea level. Agricultural land is very valuable in these high altitudes, so the planning of the town proper is necessarily compact, with houses built two or three stories tall so as to maximize flat space for farming. And the views are breathtaking.
This coffee is sourced directly from the farm of co-op producer Sergio Palermo. Named after the surrounding alder trees, Los Alisos is harvested in a cool and misty setting, due to a lush cloud forest that sits in Sergio’s farm. The trees grow to very high altitudes and are covered with lichen, which are extremely sensitive to any toxins in the atmosphere. You would never see lichen on the side of the road, for example, because the car exhaust would kill them.
Sergio is well known in the community for producing high quality coffee in this unpolluted haven of forest and organic matter like fallen leaves. He also makes his own organic compost, contributing to the large compost facility at the co-op.
Los Alisos is a product of its pristine growing environment, and we’re so excited to bring it to you in its final, full-bodied form. It’s a coffee that is particularly resonant and complex, with striking notes of orange marmalade and ripe fig. It makes such a memorable cup that you’ll always be looking forward to the next one.