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This lot is made up of cherries produced by farmers in Bolivia's Irupana region, which extends over around 200 hectares in the South Yungas province, east of La Paz. Around 2,700 people live in Irupana and the region has a strong history of coffee farming. Farms in Irupana are small (around 5 hectares on average) and lie at between 1,500 and 2,000 metres above sea level. The coffee - Caturra (60%) and Typica (40%) varietals - grows in the shade of native trees, and most of the farms are also planted out with citrus trees (mandarin and orange). While this lot is not officially certified organic, producers in Irupana use little or no chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The harvest in Irupana runs from April all the way through to September, usually peaking June and July. The cherries are picked by hand, fully washed and either dried in the sun on raised drying screen or patios, or in small guardiola dryers. Almost all of the work on these small farms is carried out by family members, although a few temporary pickers are usually taken to help at peak harvest.