Peru Cafe Verde Cusco Organic 2012


Bean name Peru Cafe Verde Cusco Organic 2012
Country Peru
Region Yanatile, Calca and La Convencion
Other info Varietal: Bourbon Caturra Catimor Catuai Tipi


This coffee is grown by 127 smallholder farmers in the fertile valleys of La Convención and Quebrada, near the town of Cusco in Peru’s southern highlands. It is the area’s main legal crop, and as such plays an important role as the most profitable alternative to growing cocoa. The plant used to produce cocaine, which is frequently grown (illegally in Peru) in the same areas as coffee.

These small farms are located at between 1,200 to 1,900 metres above sea level in the steep Andean valleys in the region around Cusco. Most are traditional family run operations, and have been passed on from generation to generation of farmers. All are fully organic certified and their coffee is grown in the shade of native trees - including Pacaes, Pisonay, Yanay, Incaty, Sumbaillo, Achihua, Chalanqui, Motoy, Toroc, Lúcumas, Pashacos, and Paltas trees. These provide important habitat for many indigenous bird and animal species, such as parrots, humming birds, and armadillos.

The harvest runs from March until August. All of the family usually take part - around five people - plus around another five temporary workers. The coffee is fully washed by each producer in the traditional manner - the bad or unripe cherries are separated by immersion in water (the ripe cherries sink), then the cherries are de-pulped and fermented for between 12 and 18 hours to remove the mucilage. The waste water from this process is filtered to avoid contaminating the surrounding land. The coffee is then dried in the sun on concrete patios until it reaches 12% humidity.

I have to tell you a secret. I often haven't liked many of the Peru lots I've tasted. When I see organic Peruvian, I shudder in fear in the corner. Peru produces a lot of average coffee, but this coffee shows why it is so important to cup blind and without prejudice. In the cup expect floral, super juicy, with black tea notes, a delicious orange zest and a sweet, sugary aftertaste. I love this coffee, and I am so pleased to have found it.

Farm: 127 smallholder farmers

Varietal: Bourbon Caturra Catimor Catuaí Típica

Processing: Fully Washed and dried on patio

Altitude: 1,200 to 1,900 metres above sea level

Owner: 127 smallholder farmers

City: Cusco

Region: Yanatile, Calca and La Convención

Roasting Information:
This one will take a range of roast, I don't mind oil showing but not too much.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Floral, black tea, juicy, orange zest, sugary sweetness.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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