What’s So Special About Peruvian Coffee?


Whats so special about Peruvian coffee? When I think of coffee, and where it comes from, I typically call to mind certain standout African countries, as well as those in South America; especially Peru.

Lately, while browsing in the aisles at my local grocery store in Wisconsin, I found that unique coffee brews are becoming more and more popular, including the organic and fair trade seals which are very important. The importance of those labels cannot be understated, especially for the women who work for Café Femenino in Peru.

Coffee Growers in Peru (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

What is Café Femenino?

When it comes to choosing coffee from Café Femenino, you are supporting women abroad in leadership positions that typically hadn’t been filled by them in the past. Supporting fair trade coffee and their establishments helps this movement spread across the globe, and in this particular case, your purchase can do even more. When buying coffee from this company, you are also helping these women own titles to the land that they farm on. Can you think of a more rewarding feeling when buying your next bag of coffee than knowing you are supporting fair trade across the globe and women’s empowerment?

Café Femenino Coffee is grown, processed, and traded solely by women, the latter fact with which they are using to establish exclusivity in the market. Not many other organizations can say that!

The Women of Cafe Femenino (Photo: Cafe Femenino Facebook)

So how does the coffee taste?

Café Femenino’s Peruvian coffee is described as a medium-bodied coffee with a fine acidity, sweet aroma, and hints of baker’s chocolate that are accentuated by a slow, dark roast. Any coffee can sound delicious from a description, but take it from me, I thoroughly enjoyed it at my local Peruvian restaurant Chef Paz! This coffee is organic, fair trade certified and grown in shaded conditions by small farming cooperatives. Not to mention that their carbon footprint has been offset by plenty of tree planting, which qualified their coffee as a carbon-free certified product. Not bad for such a small operation!

(Photo: Pixabay)

Now, how can you help?

Grounds for Change sells this coffee from its website, and ten cents for each pound of coffee sold goes straight back to the growers. This may seem like small change, but it all adds up and goes a long way to help these women get the tools they need. “Wet mills” and “drying patios” are items that they are currently looking to obtain to boost productivity, as well as establish independence.

Peruvian restaurants like Chef Paz in Milwaukee are also pledging additional funds on top of the ten cents Grounds for Change already offers! If everyone pitches in just a little bit, think of how elated we can make a small group of female coffee growers in Peru.

Help support the women at Café Femenino today!

(Cover Photo Credit: Café Femenino Facebook)

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