Dofan Wilian Patilla
MILL: Valle Inca
REGION: Corimayo, Cusco, Peru
COFFEE PRODUCTION: 8 hectares
PROCESSING METHOD(S): Washed
VARIETIES: Typica, Bourbon and Caturra
ELEVATION: 1,800 meters above sea level
Dofan is one of 101 members of the Valle Inca cooperative. Nestled in the Yanatile Valley in the Department of Cusco in the south of Peru, Valle Inca functions as a producer group, where Prudencio Vargas Saenz, who manages the group, buys parchment from farmers, reinvesting premiums in the community’s infrastructure to help them continue to improve quality. Prudencio, who lives in nearby Calca and brings the benefits of his former experience as an agricultural loan officer, used to operate outside the aegis of a collective, but after years of running Valle Inca informally, he formalized the organization this year in order to gain organic certification.