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Peru 12 Apostoles
CASIL Cooperative




Twelve Apostoles coffee has medium body and acidity. Notes of sweet raisins, cacao nibs, passion fruit, red plum, and toasted walnuts. The coffee is grown at more than 1630 meters in the cool highlands of Northeastern, Peru, St. Ignacio region surrounding the Tobacanos National Environmental Sanctuary.

About the Cooperative: In 2009,Twelve members of the reputable CASIL Cooperative in northern Peru, each with many years of experience growing coffee, decided a higher standard was needed in order to receive the higher prices. Originally, the four women and eight men who make up the Twelve Apostoles took a risk towards quality.

Care, oversight, education, openness and desire combined for a wonderful result. The Apostoles have been able to attract additional growers in the region and are considered leaders in their communities due to their dramatic success as coffee producers. They have become an example for other growers by demonstrating the market potential of high-quality coffee and the power of creating direct trade relationships with Fair Trade roasters.

Our first delivery in 2009 was proof in the cup. We continue to buy their reliable, consistent, flavorful coffee. We are happy to be a part of their success and continue to watch them improve their standards.

The Twelve Apostoles have used their Fair Trade premiums in recent years to provide members of the co-op and the community with workshops and training directed around quality and consistency.

Photos from CASIL Coop

These photos were taken recently at the CASIL Cooperative. They show coffee seedlings, coffee plants and various stages of the coffee production process.

Click here to see a recent video we received from the president of the cooperative.

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