Coffee Tours of Loja visits Bracamoros 2018 coffee fair
|Jonathan (L.) and Kevin (R.) Coffee Tours of Loja |
bilingual guides next to the Bracamoros 2018
southern Ecuadorian coffee growers' feria sign
The tenth edition of the southern Ecuador growers' coffee fair was held in the village of Palanda, in the canton of the same name due south of Vilcabamba on route 662 to Peru, nestled between Yacuri National Park to the west and Podocarpus National Park in the east.
|View overlooking the Amazonian town of Palanda, |
Ecuador site of the Bracamoros coffee growers feria 2018
The day before arriving for the fair, our host Arturo took us to the Santa Ana-La Florida archeological site near Palanda where the earliest evidence of chocolate use has been found, and dated more three thousand years before the Common Era. See our coverage of the discovery of Ecuador's chocolate pre-eminence in our earlier coffee tours blog, "Chocolate History: southern Ecuador is the birthplace."
|Tasting table for Equanativa Shop and Cafe of Loja, Ecuador |
Sponsors of Bracamoros coffee expo 2018 in Palanda, Ecuador
Hosts of Coffee Tours of Loja at this year's event
People were two-deep watching and learning how Equanativa's barista, Pablo Alberto Andrade Cueva and his assistant, brew the best organic coffees using the latest drip methods. Despite being from Loja, the "big city" of the province Pablo, and Equantiva's other principal Arturo, are fondly regarded by the growers and fair organizers. This regard is undoubtedly a result of Eqaunativa's faithful advocacy on behalf of southern coffee producers in the wider Ecuadorian market, and their ongoing endorsement of Bracamoros events.
|Close-up of Pedro (R.), |
Equanativa's barista with assistant (L.)
demonstrating drip-brewing techniques
for coffee feria attendees
FAPECAFES started with organic coffee, but recently they have expanded to include other organic produce, further stabilizing their members' income through the growing seasons. According to Ecuador's Coordinator of Fair Trade or the CECJ in Ecuador, FAPECAFES offers sweet, salty or spicy banana chips, coffee flower honey, green coffee, Victoria brand coffee both ground and roasted, and bulk ground roast coffee. FAPECAFES products are sold both in Ecuador and around the world in fair trade markets which include the EU and north America.