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The coffee story

PROCAFEQ (Asociación de Productores de Café Altura de Espíndola y Quilanga) is formed by 18 groups of producers in the cantons of Espíndola, Quilanga, Calvas, Gonzanama and Sozoranga, in the Southeast of the Loja province. The extense area is rich in plant especies, particularly flowers, and presents areas of natural Andean woodland and moorland. It is home to the Podocarpus - El Cóndor biosphere reserve, which borders Peru.

The woodlands in Loja sit on geological formations from the Miocene and Pliocene periods. The canton of Quilanga is famous for the Chiro peak, which can be seen from the local villages and houses caves and an ancient indigenous cemetery.

The coffee farms range from 1200 m to 2100 m above sea level and are based around an ancient volcanic system, crossed from North to South by the Real de los Andes mountain range. This is a semi-humid area. It rains all year round but mostly between October and May. The average yearly rainfall is 1300 mm and the average temperature is 18,7℃ (max 23℃, min 14,5℃). 

The area is characterised as an Intertropical Convergence Zone, where sea-winds from the West meet the Alisio Eastern winds. The geography, a transition from the mountainous Ecuadorian Andes to the Sechura desert in Peru, is akin to the African Sahel. The soil is loam clay moderately dry with volcanic sediments and matter.

The main variety grown in PROCAFEQ’s region, and one of the reasons why it’s said that the area developed a good reputation for quality, is Typica (more than 35%). The area also produces Bourbon (20%), Caturra (15%) and Pacas, San Salvador and Castilla. The trees are planted under the shade of guava trees, porotillo, nanume, leucaena, chirimoya, and others.

Traditionally, the harvest happens from May to September, peaking in July. Most of the local coffee is still processed in the old ways without selective picking and followed by a drying period on bare soil. This coffee goes mainly to the internal market. Around 80% of the coffee is processed as fully washed with selective picking, floating, fermentation for removal of mucilage and drying on marquesinas.

Overall, the region’s coffee presents the following attributes:

  • Fragrance: Chocolate and caramel, floral, honey, green apple, butter and citrus.
  • Sweetness: Very sweet with caramel notes.
  • Acidity: Lemon, mandarin, green apple and peach-like.
  • Balance: Good balance.
  • Body: Buttery, creamy and velvety.
  • Aftertaste: Very sweet.

This coffee is being offered by FAPECAFES (Federación Regional de Asociaciones de Pequeños Cafetaleros Ecológicos del Sur), a nonprofit organization created in 2002 to gain market access for smallholders' coffee. FAPECAFES is a member-owned institution formed by 6 grassroots associations in the provinces of El Oro, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe. There are around 1200 members, 95% of whom are small producers. The Federación is both Fairtrade and organic certified.

FAPECAFE's area of influence in the South of Ecuador

The process

Fully Washed. The cherries are floated to remove floaters and foreign matter, then pulped, fermented for around 15 hours and rinsed. Drying occurs on “marquesinas” or raised beds made out of wood and concrete inside polytunnels used to protect the coffee from rain. Drying stops once the seeds reach the optimum 12% humidity level.
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Espíndola & Quilanga SHB Blend - PROCAFEQ Association

  • $7.1741 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
  • $7.1741 USD / kg FOB FairTrade
  • $7.1741 USD / kg FOB Organic
  • $7.1741 USD / kg FOB FairTrade + Organic
Origin
Ecuador
Variety
Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, Pacas, San Salvador, Castilla
Process type
Fully washed
Altitude range
1200m - 2100m
Harvest period
May, 2021 - August, 2021
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
85.0 points
Available quantity
255 X 69 kg bags
  • Green or roasted samples are available
  • Upcoming shared shipments
    • Release from warehouse in Bremen from February, 2022
      Orders possible until 2021-11-29
  • Custom shipments available
  • Doorstep delivery available
    We can arrange delivery to your roastery
FAPECAFES
Produced by PROCAFEQ
  • Cooperative
  • FairTrade, Organic
Offered by FAPECAFES
  • Ecuador
  • 3 sales on Algrano
  • 1 Average orders per roaster
  • 3 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in

The coffee story

PROCAFEQ (Asociación de Productores de Café Altura de Espíndola y Quilanga) is formed by 18 groups of producers in the cantons of Espíndola, Quilanga, Calvas, Gonzanama and Sozoranga, in the Southeast of the Loja province. The extense area is rich in plant especies, particularly flowers, and presents areas of natural Andean woodland and moorland. It is home to the Podocarpus - El Cóndor biosphere reserve, which borders Peru.

The woodlands in Loja sit on geological formations from the Miocene and Pliocene periods. The canton of Quilanga is famous for the Chiro peak, which can be seen from the local villages and houses caves and an ancient indigenous cemetery.

The coffee farms range from 1200 m to 2100 m above sea level and are based around an ancient volcanic system, crossed from North to South by the Real de los Andes mountain range. This is a semi-humid area. It rains all year round but mostly between October and May. The average yearly rainfall is 1300 mm and the average temperature is 18,7℃ (max 23℃, min 14,5℃). 

The area is characterised as an Intertropical Convergence Zone, where sea-winds from the West meet the Alisio Eastern winds. The geography, a transition from the mountainous Ecuadorian Andes to the Sechura desert in Peru, is akin to the African Sahel. The soil is loam clay moderately dry with volcanic sediments and matter.

The main variety grown in PROCAFEQ’s region, and one of the reasons why it’s said that the area developed a good reputation for quality, is Typica (more than 35%). The area also produces Bourbon (20%), Caturra (15%) and Pacas, San Salvador and Castilla. The trees are planted under the shade of guava trees, porotillo, nanume, leucaena, chirimoya, and others.

Traditionally, the harvest happens from May to September, peaking in July. Most of the local coffee is still processed in the old ways without selective picking and followed by a drying period on bare soil. This coffee goes mainly to the internal market. Around 80% of the coffee is processed as fully washed with selective picking, floating, fermentation for removal of mucilage and drying on marquesinas.

Overall, the region’s coffee presents the following attributes:

  • Fragrance: Chocolate and caramel, floral, honey, green apple, butter and citrus.
  • Sweetness: Very sweet with caramel notes.
  • Acidity: Lemon, mandarin, green apple and peach-like.
  • Balance: Good balance.
  • Body: Buttery, creamy and velvety.
  • Aftertaste: Very sweet.

This coffee is being offered by FAPECAFES (Federación Regional de Asociaciones de Pequeños Cafetaleros Ecológicos del Sur), a nonprofit organization created in 2002 to gain market access for smallholders' coffee. FAPECAFES is a member-owned institution formed by 6 grassroots associations in the provinces of El Oro, Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe. There are around 1200 members, 95% of whom are small producers. The Federación is both Fairtrade and organic certified.

FAPECAFE's area of influence in the South of Ecuador

The process

Fully Washed. The cherries are floated to remove floaters and foreign matter, then pulped, fermented for around 15 hours and rinsed. Drying occurs on “marquesinas” or raised beds made out of wood and concrete inside polytunnels used to protect the coffee from rain. Drying stops once the seeds reach the optimum 12% humidity level.
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Algrano
Algrano
Cupped: September, 2021
FAPECAFES
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
Algrano
85.0
Seller (Pending)
-
Key flavor notes
Algrano
Dried fruit, Spice, Herbal, Plum, Black pepper
Seller (Pending)
-
Quality comment
Algrano
Spicy, with notes of black pepper and dried fruit, mild acidity, fully body and smooth and sweet finish. Well balanced.
Seller (Pending)
-
Sensorial radar

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Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
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