Ecuador

The new bar in town. Sleek and shiny, you’ve walked past it a few times but aren’t quite sure whether to go in. There are leather seats and cocktail waiters in bow ties, ingredients you’ve never heard of and mood lighting. Its luxurious, with prices to match. But people have started talking about it, and you want in on the action.

History of Coffee in Ecuador

Coffee was first introduced in Ecuador in the early nineteenth century and for many years was the most important export crop for the country. During the 1980s, however, coffee production in Ecuador started decreasing due to low prices, often lower than the costs of production, and coffee producers started replacing it with other crops.

As time went on production started to grow again but at a slower rate. Today, coffee production in Ecuador represents only 1% of the total world production. It is, however, very famous for its instant coffee.

One of the major issues of producing coffee in Ecuador is that production of high quality beans is very expensive. This is because labour costs are much higher than in other coffee growing countries. For this reason Ecuador exports a lot of instant coffee, as top quality beans, that require more labour and resources, are not needed for this type of production.

In Ecuador, however, we are now starting to see more smaller and family run farms that are committed in producing specialty beans. Although not all farmers have taken notice, the quality of coffee that can be produced in this country is absolutely amazing.

General Info

Number of Producers

Average Farm Size

Hectares

Attitude

Number of exports

thousand bags

Harvest

June-December

Shipping Months

August- February

Buying areas

Zamora

Varieties: Caturra, Bourbon,
Typica, Catimor

Harvest: July - December

Farm Size: 3 Hectares

Shipments:
September - January

Number of exports:
xxxxxxx bags

Atitude: 1,000-1,900 masl

Imbabura

Varieties:
Caturra, Castillo, Colombia

Harvest: June - October

Farm Size: 6 Hectares

Shipments:
August - January

Number of exports:
xxxxxxx bags

Altitude: 1,200 - 2,200 masl

Pichincha

Varieties: Typica, Caturra, Nestle, Pacamara, Sidra, Sarchimor

Harvest: June - September

Farm Size: 4 Hectares

Shipments:
August - January

Number of exports:
xxxxxxx bags

Altitude: 1,200 - 2,300 masl

brands

Carchi

Varieties:
Caturra, Castillo, Colombia

Harvest:
June - October

Farm Size: 4 Hectares

Shipments:
August - January

Number of exports:
xxxxxxx bags

Atitude: 900 - 2,500 masl

brands

Loja

Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Sarchimor

Harvest: July - November

Farm Size: 4 Hectares

Shipments:
September - January

Number of exports:
xxxxxxx bags

Atitude: 1,300 - 2,200 masl

Azuay

Nestle, Caturra, Colombia,
Castillo, Pacamara

Harvest: August - December

Farm Size: 7 Hectares

Shipments:
October - January

Number of exports:
xxxxxxx bags

Atitude: 1,500-1,800 masl

Harvest Calendar

Zamora

Zamora

  • Varieties:  Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, Catimor
  • Average farm size: 3 Hectares
  • Altitude: 1,000 – 1,900 masl
  • Harvest Time: July – December
  • Shipment-months:September – January
  • Cupping notes: Chocolate, Panela, red and yellow berries, creamy body, residual, citric, brown sugar
  • Brands: Jardín del Inca, Los Romerillos, Tesoro de Zumba
Loja

 Loja

  • Varieties: Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Sarchimor
  • Average farm size: 4 Hectares
  • Altitude: 1,300-2,200 masl
  • Harvest Time: July – November
  • Shipping Months: September – January
  • Cupping notes: Floral, papaya, delicate, tomato
  • Brands: Amaluza, El tundo, Cariamanga, La espíndola
Azuay

Azuay

  • Varieties:  Nestle, Caturra, Colombia, Castillo, Pacamara
  • Average farm size: 7 Hectares
  • Altitude: 1,500 – 1,800 masl
  • Harvest Time: August – December
  • Shipping Months: October – January
  • Varieties: Java, Catuai, Caturra, Pacamara, Parainema, H3
  • Cupping notes: Nuts, Hazelnuts
Pichincha

Pichincha

  • Varieties: Typica, Caturra, Nestle, Pacamara, Sidra, Sarchimor.
  • Average farm size: 4 Hectares.
  • Altitude: 1,200 – 2,300 masl.
  • Harvest Time: August – June – September.
  • Shipping-months: August – January.
  • Brands: Alambi.
  • Cupping notes: Floral, honey, panela, citrus, yellow and red fruits, residual panela, citrus, chocolate, silky body, delicate.
    
    
Imbabura

Imbabura

  • Varieties: Castillo, Colombia, Caturra
  • Average farm size: 5 Hectares
  • Altitude:1,200 – 2,200 masl
  • Harvest Time: June – October
  • Shipping-months: August – January
  • Brands: Peñaherrera, Valle de Intag
  • Cupping notes: Sweet, Panela, choclate, yellow and red fruits, silky and creamy bodies, citrus residues
Carchi

Carchi

  • Varieties: Castillo, Colombia, Caturra
  • Average farm size: 4 Hectares
  • Altitude: 900 – 2500 masl
  • Harvest Time: June – October
  • Shipping-months: August – January
  • Cupping notes: Honey, yellow fruit, pineapple, passion fruit, silky, citrus acidity, residual sweet and citrus little bitter

Our Team on the Ground

Our employees are our most important asset because without their dedication and passion for coffee, we would not be able to operate our business. We appreciate the job of those workers who add valuable contribution to the company, who don't only help to satisfy the necessities of more than 250 roaster around the world, but they align to our five values; transparency, traceability, direct relationships, cup quality, and sustainability. These people have been capable of delivering some of the best Latin American coffee to the world, whilst generating impact at origin and growing sustainably without losing their focus. Congratulations to our valuable and outstanding Caravela team!



Galo Morales


Galo oversees the development of solid and long lasting relationships with small and medium sized farmers in Ecuador. He cups all the individual lots delivered by each of the farmers, providing on-the-spot feedback and selecting the best lots for our customers. Galo is also a small coffee and cacao grower himself, and he is currently expecting his first crop in 2018.


Alejandro Arellano


Alejandro is our Financial Director in Ecuador. Since 2017 he also assumed the role of Logistics and Operation Coordinator. Thanks to Alejandro we have been able to ship our Ecuadorian coffees on time and in full to roasters worldwide. Alejandro is devoted to his two children: Valentina and Martin, spending as much time as possible with them. 


Jonathan Araújo


Jonathan started working at Caravela in 2017. He is responsible for managing the dry mill in Quito. When he is not making sure that coffee is defect free prior to shipment, Jonathan plays basketball with friends and spends time with his family.

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