Have you ever paused to think about all of the amazing origin countries that the equator passes through? The most obvious, Ecuador, might not be the first to come to mind. Ecuador is one of the more elusive origins, likely the result of a high cost of production, which makes it more difficult to compete in a global market. A producer’s survival here depends on an ability to make a premium to cover the higher costs of labor. This is the strategy taken by Eladio Gonzalo Chamba, who cultivates coffee along with limon, orange, banana, and guava trees on a farm called Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Gonzalo, as he prefers to be called, focuses on quality, which was recognized with a 10th place finish in the 2019 Best of Loja coffee competition. The entire harvest is meticulously handpicked by Gonzalo, his wife Francisca and just two other employees. Then Gonzalo depulps, ferments, washes and gently dries on raised beds at the farm. This is a clean floral cup with notes of apple and peach to sweeten the pallet.