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El Cerro

Efrain Salvador Carhuallocllo

Flavours of red fruit, candied plums, mandarin
Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso


Efrain’s farm is located right outside of the village of El Corazón, in Northwest Peru. The farm, which he started in 2005, is filled with mostly Yellow Caturra variety outside of his prize winning Geisha.

All his coffee is carefully harvested, processed, and dried right outside his family home.

In 2005 he bought a plot of land in the upper part of the village, the heart of Chirinos. Efrain began installing half a hectare of coffee of the caturra variety. In 2007 he installed another half hectare more of the same variety and in 2009 installed another hectare more, counting at present with 2 hectares of coffee in production.

The plot is named Cerro (Cerro means mountain), because it is located in an area where there are many natural forests.

The organization Cenfrocafe has been part of this history since 2007 as it began to provide training and technical assistance and discovered that El ECerro had great potential for specialty coffees. The support of the organization has allowed him to always be in the top positions in internal competitions organized by Cenfrocafe. Efrain is a past COE (Cup of Excellence) winner. In 2017 Efrain’s coffee received a whopping 90.61 COE score!

Yulisa Carhuallocllo is Efrain’s daughter. She helps him with cupping his coffees, running a moisture meter etc. She is an integral part to his success.


Geisha is an exceptionally high quality coffee variety that is grown throughout Central America, and is named after the town of Geisha in Ethiopia where the seeds originated.

While the variety produces exceptional quality, the plants are also low yielding and require a large amount of stringent and detailed maintenance. For these reasons it often sells for very high prices. Geisha has proven to be relatively disease resistant in most grown areas.


Now you know a bit more about the background it’s time to enjoy this awesome coffee! If you don’t know where to start, you can use Reuben’s brewing recipe (coming soon, see below).

You can also try your favourite method and play around with some settings to get the best of it. Don’t forget to tell us how it went, adding your recipe here, via email or on Instagram at @samplecoffee.

We look forward to hearing about your experience with this VS coffee!


Green coffee certifications: Organic

Resting beans inside the sealed bag helps develop peak flavours and acidity

Learn how long and why you should wait in our brewing window recommendations.

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Efrain Salvador Carhuallocllo




San Ignacio


1800-2000m above sea level









Roast style


Map showing location of Peru El Cerro Efrain Salvador Carhuallocllo


Gesha varietal

An exceptionally high quality variety that has grown in popularity, Gesha is named after the town of Gesha in Ethiopia where the seeds originated.

The location

Coffee from Peru

Peru is well suited to coffee cultivation and production, given its high altitude and climate.

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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