Jeane Guerrero and Family

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.

Our profit sharing program earns the Guerreros 88% more
per lb on average than the organic Fair Trade price.

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The farm

Location

San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru

Elevation

5741 ft. (1750 meters)

Size

7.4 acres (3 hectares)

Certifications

Organic, Fairtrade

Varietals

Bourbon, catimor, caturra, pache, typica

Processes

Washed, natural

An interview with Jeane & family

What generation coffee farmer are you?

Third generation.

How many years have you been producing coffee?

3 years professionally, but all my life.

How did you acquire your farm?

I purchased it.

How does it feel being a female producer?

I feel proud. It makes us independent, equal and empowered. It shows that we have no restrictions on what we can do and we put our mark on the world.

What plans do you have for your farm?

In the back of our farm we want to build our "model farm" with better quality plants and management.

What is the hardest part about growing coffee?

Raising and planting new coffee plants and harvesting. 

What challenges do you face?

It is easy to go backwards if you don't have a good economic situation. If the plants become sick and we don't have money available in that moment to fix them we lose our harvest.

What challenges does your community face?

Many producers do not know what their farms need, like nutrients. We invest in things that may not have a return.

Do you hire workers to help with the harvest?

Sometimes, but mostly it is our family. It takes us around 15 days to pick the coffee cherries each harvest.

Do you produce anything else on your farm?

We have other produce on our farm but we grow it for us or leave it for the animals. We grow cacao, bananas, yucca, noni, avocado, oranges, mandarines, guava, soursop, pajuro (beans), narangjias, mangos, granadilla, and others.

If you had the chance to invest or improve something for your farm or family what would it be?

We want to learn how to manage the different varietals of coffee better. We have many varietals, but want to understand the needs of each one to produce better coffee.

What makes you feel the most proud about being a producer of coffee?

The quality of coffee we produce. The conservation of the environment and adhering to organic processes.

What would you like to say to the people drinking your coffee?

I want to say that we have coffee that is organic, it is of quality. That for us, coffee unites people and makes friends. Coffee keeps our family very close, we all work hard together to support all aspects of the farm.

30% of the profits we make from the Guerreros's coffee goes back into their pockets.

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