Peru Illary Tamaya


tea rose, pineapple, brown sugar


Nestled deep in the southern highlands of Peru lies Quillabamba, a coffee-growing region lush with forest, biodiversity, and the natural beauty inherent in each. Throughout Quillabamba and the greater province of Cusco, community collaboration plays a huge role in everyday life, and for the women who make up the producer group Illary Tamaya, coffee production is no exception. Though the group is made up of about 25 smallholder farmers, the women see themselves as a community of fighters and forward-thinkers—in Quechua, their chosen name translates to “the dawn of the empowered woman.”

At the center of this coffee lies tropical sweetness, with supporting notes of tart apricot and dark chocolate that bring complexity and stability to the cup. As mothers, community leaders, employers, and much more, the women of Illary Tamaya are no strangers to building structure and balance for themselves and their loved ones, a talent that translates into each warm, intriguing, and familiar sip.

Made up of Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, and Catimor, this fully washed lot comes from about 25 women producers, sourced through our longterm partners, Caravela. Caravela first began working in Quillabamba about 5 years ago, and we’re thrilled to purchase this second lot from the region, after becoming familiar with the area through our first coffee back in 2020.

  • Type

    Single Origin
  • Origin

    Quillabamba, Cusco, Peru
  • Producer

    25 female coffee growers in Quillabamba
  • Type

    Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, Catimor
  • Elevation

    1,500–1,900 MASL
  • Process


The Story

With the craggy highlands of the Andes Mountains bisecting the country like a tectonic zipper down the middle, geography plays a huge role in forming numerous and unique coffee-growing cultures in Peru. In the relatively isolated southern highlands region, climate and access to infrastructure play a part too, making fully-washed coffees the most prominent process type here.

Map of Peru with the Cusco region highlighted
"The work of a woman in coffee production is long, it’s a process but it’s spectacular; we’re always in the process of fighting and standing out. It’s a huge pride and honor for us to see our coffee succeeding and being sold in a market under the name of women." —Delfi Aguilar Torre, entrepreneur and Illary Tamaya producer
Illary Tamaya producer with coffee tasting wheel Illary Tamaya producer on her coffee farm Illary Tamaya coffee farm drying beds
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