Jeane Guerrero & Family
Jeane, her mother Salomé, her father Gabriel, and her brothers Cododac, Zein, and Miguel live just a short drive from the city of Jaén, Peru.
While calling Jeane a “busy woman” is accurate, it doesn’t do justice describing everything about her and her dedicated lifestyle— but calling her “passionate” might.
Every day, Jeane works hard to improve her lot in life as well as her family’s lives, the quality of life on her farm, and the lives of those around her in her community. Notably, Jeane is a key contributor to her coffee grower association. She’s also an important figure in the “women-only” coffee cooperative she is helping to found and organize.
She finds it especially important to envision a better future for the children in her community— which is why she’s an English teacher for children while working off the farm. Children in rural Peru may have better opportunities— and a brighter future— learning the English language, something she recognizes and feels strongly about. But this is only one of the ways she works hard to help her community: her other way is through growing superb coffee.
During our precious visits to the Guerrero home, we've been welcomed and treated to hearty meals cooked by Jeane's lovely mother, Salomé. These delicious meals are prepared on their wood burning stove and are always accompanied by cups of naturally processed, pan roasted coffee, toasted daily and lovingly by Salomé for her family.
Sipping a fresh roast of "farmer style" coffee is an amazing way to start the day— especially while overlooking the valley below from up on the ridge where the Guerrero home sits. Walk behind the Guerrero home and you’ll find their homemade DIY-constructed solar dryer, which helps them more precisely control the drying process for their coffee.
A short yet steep path down the mountain slope then leads to their coffee germination station, plant nursery, and vermiculture or “worm” composter. This composter is where they source most of their organic fertilizer for the coffee plants on the farm throughout the year.
The Guerreros enrich their land and coffee organically, using only Peruvian seabird guano along with their own on-site vermiculture compost multiple times a year. This ensures that the plants and soil are only benefitting from inputs that are guaranteed 100% organic. We can attest for the tasty results from these organic practices: everything thriving in the soil on the Guerrero’s farm, including the coffee, grows with an intense vigor and bursts forth with wonderful force and flavor.
To get to the exact place where this delicious coffee grows, one must take a short 30- to 45-minute hike from the house to the farm portion of the property, which the family calls “Guayaquil.” Guayaquil spans over 7 acres of rough and dense terrain, split into two halves by the nearby creek "El Manantial".
During our visit with the Guerreros, we hiked with Jeane, Cododac and Gabriel over the entire farm, learning all about the land’s history. We were also introduced to Jeane's favorite spot on the whole property: the bamboo forest and future location for the family's "model farm". Throughout the acreage, intermingled with both bamboo and coffee alike, one can find a scattered variety of fruiting plants and trees. These help give shade for the coffee as well as food for the Guererro family, while also providing for wildlife that can be found on their farm, too.
The Guerreros are only one farming family we partner with to bring specialty coffee from Peru all the way to coffee lovers all over the US in turn. All the Guerreros are passionate about their farm and the organic specialty coffee they produce. Each of them work very closely together as a family, putting in enormous efforts to support their bountiful, high quality production while focusing solely on organic and sustainable practices.
The Guerreros especially love to learn and innovate on how they can best manage each individual coffee varietal. Together, they are always pursuing the best and highest quality beans they can possibly produce.
We’ve truly enjoyed our visits to the farm and spending time with Jeane and family. Jeane is a wonderful host every time, and between her, Cododac, Gabriel, and the ever so sweet Salomé, we leave feeling like we’re part of the family (and, as always, full of food!)
We love where our relationship with the Guerreros is taking us. Like we do with all our beloved coffee producers, we can't wait to return there again.