Region: Loja Province, Ecuador
Altitude: 1500 masl
In the south of Ecuador, on an idyllic plateau surrounded by the mighty Andes Mountains lies the small village of Vilcabamba. From Quechua, the language of the Inca, the name translates
as “Holy Valley”. This place is especially blessed; – nowhere else in the western world are more people who grow as old as this, and enjoy the best of health at the same time.
Generations of scientists and doctors have tried to solve the secret of longevity in Vilcabamba. Some thought that the water from the rivers Vilcabamba and Chamba had a medicinal influence, whilst other considered the stable and mild climate with temperatures between 18 and 22 degrees responsible. Located at around 1500 meters above sea level, the incredibly good air is supposedly cleaned by a mystical plant named “Hilo”. This plant provides a possible explanation for the extraordinary strength of the people. A clear explanation however has never been found.
The only certain thing is that in this tranquil and serene location visitors from all over the world come to rest, forget their daily stresses, and allow themselves to be infected by the harmony and joy of the people of Vilcabamba.
The cultivation of coffee has a long tradition for the people of Vilcabamba. Julia Avelina Leon, now 97 years of age, is a grandmother many times over and has a great passion for the
precious bean: “ If I couldn’t drink coffee, one of the most beautiful things in my life would be missing.”
On the mountain slopes of this magical place, the small farmers of Vilcabamba grow the very best Arabica coffees. For them this drink is a small luxury.
During the harvest, between June and October, the families pick the ripe, red cherries and clean the beans in the water of the nearby Mountain Rivers. Then the coffee is slowly sun dried and hand sorted. Thus a coffee of extraordinary quality is created.
Only small quantities of this coffee are produced each year as it is cultivated primarily through manual labour and family businesses.
Freshly roasted and prepared, the Vilcabamba impresses the connoisseur firstly with its fresh, slightly fruity tones and again with a long lasting soft but yet intense coffee aroma.
Inter-American Coffee is a member of the Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. Our mission is to source high quality green coffee from around the world and supply them to the specialty coffee community of Europe.
From tree to cup, a first class service is provided, tailor made for the requirements of each individual client.
The German GTZ ( Society for Technical Cooperation/ Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit), on behalf of the German Federal Government, supports the coffee farmers of Vilcabamba and enables them to produce this exceptional quality and to market it directly.