After taking a tour of their production facility, property, and snapping a few pictures, I sat down with Jim sipping a mug of coffee and conversation. Jim Bowers, a U.S. Navy Veteran hailing from Albuquerque New Mexico and married to Gloria Rubeo, has lived in Peru for over ten years.
PA: What led you into the coffee business?
Jim: “Six and a half years ago, the school district wanted a way to earn cash and formed the ACDH – Association of Coffee of the District of Huancabamba, but later pulled out of the deal retrieving all the equipment.” Jim and Gloria continued on by purchasing their own roasters, grinders and peeler. Now local coffee growers bring coffee to Jim to process.
PA: How did you come up with the name Don Gringo? Jim replied that all his neighbors affectionately call him Don Gringo.