Germán is set to do great things in the world of coffee. He is bringing strong agronomic practices, experimentation, and control to his family's coffee production resulting in meticulously crafted coffees that are continuously improving.
Germán and four of his 12 siblings have split the land passed on to them by their father who has since retired from coffee production. Germán and his brothers are pushing the family's production of coffee to a new level by perfecting traditional specialty coffee production as well as using newer techniques like carbonic maceration alongside better agronomic practices such as selective propagation which promotes the growth of plants best adapted to the local micro climate and soil increasing production and resistance to diseases and pests.
Germán has also instilled an ideology of controlled experimentation on the family farm resulting in immediate ROI. One example of this is through the harvesting of cherries that have ripened too early for production harvests. These small harvests are processed, sample roasted on site and catalogued to tweak and perfect the coming harvest's unique qualities. When the family believes they have something special they then send samples out to multiple graders and buyers for feedback.
The family's success through better practices and a mindset for perfection has put them in a position to help those around them as well by paying higher wages to seasonal workers and providing opportunities for neighboring producers to work part time as they please throughout the harvest season. The family is also engaged in the community and has worked on projects such as a "coffee roadway" which has benefited all nearby producers by grouping harvests together alongside the road for communal transportation.
We've had some great conversations with Germán. He is a passionate individual that loves his work. Out of the hundreds of thousands of coffee producers in Peru, Germán and family are the select few producing specialty grade honey and natural coffees. He is incredibly knowledgeable in the production of coffee and agronomy and is focused on producing the best coffees possible—and it shows.
Germán and family are only one producer family we partner with to bring specialty coffee from Peru all the way to coffee lovers all over the US in turn. We've yet to meet German or his family in person due to COVID-19, but we eagerly await the day.