Jordan and I spent our last week in Peru back in Lima. We put together our findings in a presentation on the economic viability of central wet mills for coffee processing in Peru. Basically, we concluded that the installation of central wet mills will improve farmer economics in regions that meet certain conditions. Among others, geography, road access and farmer density are major drivers that have to be analyzed and ultimately also determine optimal mill size. We also worked on a case study of a readily installed central wet mill, near Tingo María, that has never been used. We estimated that the regional demand is too low with respect to mill size and that the electricity contract does not allow for enough flexibility to break-even at low capacity.

On our last weekend in Lima we visited Huaca Pucllana, a historic site in the middle of the city. The earthquake resistant construction of the brick pyramid outlasted not only many centuries, but also its usage for motocross before being discovered in the 1980s.

Looking back, the last five weeks were an amazing experience. Professionally, I developed my interviewing skills and learned how to assess ambiguous, more subjective data sets. Personally, this trip connected coffee, an everyday commodity, to the hard work and elaborate process that are both needed for coffee to be consumed.

Huaca Pucllana site

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Kai Friemel

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