COUNTRY

Ecuador

MUNICIPALITY

Cotacachí

HARVEST

June – September

DEPARTMENT

Imbabura

ALTITUDE

1,700 – 1,900 MASL

VARIETIES

Typica- Caturra – Bourbon

The Parroquia Peñaherrera is located in the south area of Intag, a remote, partly mountains area in the Cotacachi canton. This area is known for the Intag River and the presence of the Intag Cloud Forest Reserve, an area with much biodiversity and many microclimates. The Parroquia was founded on August 13th, 1920 and its inhabitants settled on the west side of the mountain range. This region is one of the most important water sources of Intag because it is home to the forest of Pajas de Oro, which is the source of the majority of the rivers that eventually will reach the Intag River.

There are very few coffee growers in this region. Coffee production is not very popular here due to the lack of pickers and workers. A long time ago, when the area used to produce a lot of coffee, there were some merchants that proved not to be trustful, so many farmers decided to give up on coffee and start growing other products. Many producers in this region don’t have micro-mills at their farms, so they sometimes sell their coffee as cherries while other coffee grower in the region will process the coffee using the micro-mill of the few individuals that do own them.

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