Last week was spent conducting further interviews with coffee farmers around Tingo Maria as well as applying the data and information we have collected so
far. The major cost driver arising for farmers, which use central wet mills, are additional transportation costs for the freshly picked coffee cherry,
which are about five times heavier than the processed and dried coffee beans. The gains for the farmer are time savings which can be considerable during
high season as the individual home processing and drying is time intensive.
Friday marked our last day in Tingo Maria and we had to say good-bye to the very welcoming and hospitable TNS staff in Tingo. Our second field travel,
where we will get to know the San Martin region, has just started with a visit to the Asum community. This community of native Peruvians is preserving
their cultural roots and language, but also has a progressive approach towards business opportunities. Its coffee association runs a central wet mill for
coffee producers in the area. My impression was that this is mainly possible because of the organizational strengths of the community supported by
relatively easy access for transportation.