23 Oct '12, 3pm

"Back from the Road: Ecuador" via @counter_Culture

"Back from the Road: Ecuador" via @counter_Culture

This was Kim's second trip to Ecuador, and my first visit to the cooperative that brings us the coffee El Gavilán . After arriving in balmy, coastal Guayaquil on a Monday, we made the trek to the cool and mountainous Loja in the south. With Loja as our home base, we then visited producer communities in Quilanga and Palanda. On this visit, we had the opportunity to spend time with two farmer cooperatives that our partner Fapecafes (the exporting cooperative) supports – Procafeq and Apecap. I also had the chance to travel for a second time with the incredibly knowledgeable Alejandro Cadena who works for our export partner Virmax. Together we visited farms, attended a cooperative meeting, spent some time in Fapecafes' main cupping lab, and spent a day cupping with Apecap's cuppers to calibrate on 37 coffees for an internal competition celebrating the co-ops farmers. Last year...

Full article: http://counterculturecoffee.com/origins/57-trip-reports/6...

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