Eli Espinoza is the owner of 4 hectares of coffee in the village of Las Pirias in Chirinos. Elí has a few parcels of land spread across the mountain, some planted mostly with typica, others with caturra and bourbon and one small area of Icatu. Elí processes all his coffee at his house, which sits at 1800masl and his farms are all between 1800 and 2000masl. Chirinos has been recognised in recent years as having some of the best coffees in all of Peru, due to its ideal growing conditions and slightly more investment in increasing quality. Elí is one of the new wave of coffee producers in Northern Peru, he came to the area as a teenager looking for work on farms, and he started out picking coffee in the village. After a while he was able to buy his own land, a house and starting working to produce his own coffee. He and a group of his friends are all young and dynamic and have the same ambition, to produce high quality coffee and make agriculture a viable livelihood. Until this year, Elí had been selling all of his coffee to local aggregators and had been getting paid less than the market rate. Despite the very low prices, Elí has continued investing in his farm and trying to raise his quality, with raised beds, selective picking and slow drying. Thankfully his persistence paid off and this year he has more than doubled his household income. His coffee is continuing to improve and no doubt will get even better next year with further investment and technical support.