Chirinos is a district in the province of San Ignacio and is one of the most well-known areas for quality coffee in Peru. Chirinos is well connected to nearby cities, with new roads and a thriving town, which serves as a hub for coffee buying and trade. Whilst the coffee landscape in Chirinos is still dominated by middlemen and FTO certifications, there is a growing interest in specialty coffee and some of the biggest cooperatives in the area have been promoting quality for a number of years.
Jose Arce Diaz is the owner of 3 hectares of coffee in the village of Las Pirias in Chirinos, Peru. The area is mostly planted with caturra and catimor varieties, but he also grows some bourbon and geisha cultivars too which are yet to produce.
At 1800 masl the growing conditions at the farm are ideal and contribute to a very refined and fruity cup profile. Jose processes his coffee at his house, where he has a small hand pulper and a fermentation tank. He recently invested in a new drying area which is a wood frame with plastic covers and raised beds inside.