Volcafe has boosted its long-term presence in Peru with the opening of a second coffee processing mill, in Jaén, in the Cajamarca coffee region in the north of the country.
The new facility, close to the airport of Jaén and with direct road links to the ports of Paita and Callao, boosts the company’s capacity and is strategically located in Peru’s main producing region.
Volcafe, which is part of ED&F Man, has worked in Peru for more than two decades, as coffee originator and trader. It launched its ‘Volcafe Way’ farmer support programme in the country in 2014, and today supports more than 3,000 farmers across Peru’s main coffee regions, providing year-round agronomy and business training.
Volcafe Managing Director Trishul Mandana said, “We’re proud to be opening our second mill in Peru, strengthening our presence in the Peruvian coffee market and signifying Volcafe’s continuing ambition to grow our coffee business in a period where many of our competitors are retrenching. Our new mill, coupled with our strong sustainability initiatives in the region, makes us ideally located to service our strategic roasting partners.
“Volcafe Peru is about superior quality and also long-term sustainability. It’s a key part of our commitment in Peru that, as well as trade and processing, we provide support for farmers through Volcafe Way, helping growers to achieve consistent profitability.“
The 10,000m² mill has capacity to produce 1,500 bags every 24 hours, huge drying space and beds, state-of-the-art machinery to improve yield, conserve quality and enable more efficient sorting, and space to store 95,000 bags. It will employ 15 people in roles including processing, logistics, administration, quality control and field technicians.