A press release announcing the Cafe Peru Chilchos that is for sale at LHG. Enjoy.
WILLIAM L. BROWN CENTER AT THE MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN AND
KUVA COFEE COMPANY PRESENT CAFÉ PERU CHILCHOS
(ST. LOUIS): The William L. Brown Center (WLBC) at the Missouri Botanical Garden, in partnership with Kuva Coffee Company, proudly presents Café Peru Chilchos, an environmentally and economically sustainable coffee, grown under shade trees in the Chilchos Region of Peru. The coffee is available now for purchase in the Garden Gate Shop at the Missouri Botanical Garden and LOCAL HARVEST GROCERY. Kuva Coffee Company is donating 10 percent of their profits to WLBC to further develop research projects in Peru.
Café Peru Chilchos is grown in the Chilchos Valley, an isolated region in the northeastern slopes of the Andes in Peru. Its inhabitants have tremendous respect for the natural environment, living in harmony with the ecosystem for hundreds of years. Conservation coffee farmers of the Chilchos Valley have worked meticulously to develop the highest quality Arabica bean without the use of chemicals or artificial fertilizers, thus protecting .
The Chilcho people were part of the Chachapoya ethnic group living in the dense cloud forests in the Huayabamba river valleys in Peru’s Amazonas region. They formed a free and democratic society, living in harmony with their natural environment. After the Spanish conquest, the Huayabamba area depopulated, and only a few families remained in what is now the actual province of Rodriguez de Mendoza. A small part of the huge abandoned area was “rediscovered” in the late 19th century by local farmers. Local families grow high value conservation coffee to sustain their livelihoods and conserve the remaining forests.
The Huayabamaare a refuge for a large number of plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. The Chachapoya Biocommunity Network, with help from local NGO INBIAPeru, together with the William L. Brown Center at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Kuva Coffee Company, are working to establish the Huayabamba Conservation Corridor that will ensure the protection of flora and fauna, while giving the population a better and more sustainable livelihood by supporting small producers who grow high quality conservation coffee and cocoa.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is the oldest continually operating botanical garden in the nation, celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2009. Missouri Botanical Garden: Green for 150 Years.