Dapper & Wise

Peru Vilcaniza

Chocolate truffle, almond croissant, apple pie.

Nostalgia-invoking coffee magic from first sniff, the cup does not disappoint. Chocolaty, creamy, with hints apple pie, it offers sweet acidity and silky, caramelized body. And oh! The finish lingers with a buttery flavor that channels fresh baked almond croissant. Just sayin'...

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Meet the Producers

Smallholder producers of this coffee are members of the Coopbam cooperative, established in 2014. With 203 members, they are zeroing in on sustainable practices, combating deforestation, and guarding the forests of Alto Mayo, a protected area on the border of Amazonas and San Martin departments in the Cajamarca coffee growing region.

The cooperative is both organic and Fair Trade Certified—no small feat, considering the hoops that must be jumped through in the process. These certifications have helped Coopbam create more jobs that, while they may not be coffee related, are centered around the deforestation projects about which they are so passionate.

Cajamarca, Peru

High in the mists of the Northern Andes of Peru lies the Cajamarca region. Here the ancient Inca people ruled for centuries, and their descendants still possess gold, though not of the type which their last ruler, Atahualpa, once gave as his ransom. Coffees from here have been called “Cajamarca Gold.” The people are proud of their heritage and of their coffee, and work very hard to produce specialty quality beans.

Many towns in the Cajamarca region can be accessed only by gravel roads, which rains can render impassable. Electricity is not a given, nor is a telephone system readily available or reliable. Schooling and medical service, too, lags behind, but as coffee producers work with each other and their cooperatives, they are making improvements to their lives and communities.

Hillsboro, OR

Dapper & Wise

In 2013, Insomnia's owners Evan Aldrete and Tyler Geel launched Dapper & Wise as a tasting room and roasting facility in Portland's Western suburbs, and by 2014, as a wholesaler as well. Although both wear many hats, in general, Evan oversees the roasting operation and Tyler oversees the business end of things.

Based out of Beaverton, Oregon, Evan and Tyler work with a stellar team, all of whom are dedicated to the values that undergird Dapper & Wise: “We want people to walk through our doors and feel welcome. We want people to taste our coffee and be impressed and inspired. We want the coffee we roast to exemplify the hard work of the producers that grow it.”


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