Tunki’s national and international awards are the result of qualitative characteristics of this exquisite organic coffee and also the joint success of special people and their efforts. Today Tunki counts as one of the best coffees and the best awarded organic coffee of the world, demonstrated by the following awards:
• Best Peruvian coffee, Expo Café Peru 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007 and 2005
• Third best coffee, Expo Café Peru 2014
• Second best of 51 coffees from all over the world, Cupping for Quality 2012, Rainforest Alliance
• Best of 45 coffees from all over the world, Cupping for Quality 2011, Rainforest Alliance
• Best of 140 coffees from all over the world, Coffee of the Year 2010, Roasters Guild – Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)
In the year 1970 a group of farmers joined together with the purpose to sell coffee at a fair price. The coffee cooperative Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetaleras (CECOVASA), which Tunki belongs too, was founded. The producers of Tunki Organic Coffee are small farmer families. They belong to the indigenous groups Quechua and Aymara, the forbears of the Inka. In the ´Land of Surpluses´ which is how Peru is called in Quechua, Tunki is traditionally cultivated sustainable on small terrace plantations in the southern region of the Peruvian Andean jungle, north of the Lake Titicaca at the entrance of the Tambopata National Reserve. This national park is known for its unique species diversity including the Cock of the Rocks or Tunki which inhabits only this area, hence the symbolic name of the organic coffee.
With the help of Rainforest Alliance the coffee beans grow with reduced direct rays of sunshine under shadow trees. The hand collected harvest is washed with natural Andeans spring waters and sun dried. Since 1993 CECOVASA is Fairtrade certified. Independent from the world market, the price of the direct trade includes an ad for fair incomes of the small farmers as well as for the guaranteed sustainable agriculture. Education of children, advanced training of farmers in the topics of quality and logistics such as investments in production facilities and infrastructure were possible realized through additional earnings. Thus a social fair and overall future oriented development of the farmers and the improvement and maintenance of the ecological quality are guaranteed.
Every year another small farmer gets the opportunity to participate at tasting competitions with the harvest of his parcel of land. In an interview with Rainforest Alliance, Wilson Sucaticona, producer of Tunki Organic Coffee, twice winner of the national event at Expo Café Peru and winner of the SCAA event in 2010 said, “To preserve the high coffee quality I transport my harvested coffee three hours by foot with a handbarrow to the storage. Like this I avoid any changes of the aroma through odors of a donkey or horse”. Truly a remarkable undertaking exceeding all expectations, but yielding gratifying results.
Tunki Organi Coffee is a high quality product from indigenous people for a world which tries to understand and appreciate small wonder. Think about this wonderful story while you enjoy your next cup of Tunki coffee.
An outstanding coffee, an exquisite cup, a magical land, a rich and proud tradition, thousands of hands, thousands of smiles: CECOVASA