Peru El Guabo C02 Decaffeinated Organic 2009-2010


Bean name Peru El Guabo C02 Decaffeinated Organic 2009-2010
Country Peru


Okay, so selecting decafs is a little different to selecting our normal coffees. Our caffeinated offerings are the result of building long term relationships with farmers and suppiers. However, the decafs usually found on the market are nearly always one time wonders with little or no provenance, so it's nice when we get one that we already know, a coffee that we have had in a previous season and one that has some history.

This coffee is from the District and Province of San Ignacio. It is grown at an altitude of between 1,250-1,400m above sea level. The variety is a mix of Arabica Típica 25%, Bourbon 15%, Caturra 20%, Catimor 30%, Pache 10%. It is 100% shade grown and is processed by washing and sun drying on large patios. It's not often you can find that amount of detail about a decaf.

El Guabo is made up of 4 small committees that include 120 families. The average size of each farm is 3 hectares. They come together in a co-operative type way to and pool their harvest to create this coffee.

Peruvian coffee tends to underwhelm me. Cupping this one, I noticed straight away how clean it was in the cup. For the uninitiated, clean means free from taints or faults. This allows the flavours to come through. This coffee has sharpness and clarity that lets the body, brightness and depth be delivered straight to your tongue. Like many Central American coffees it has a consistency and reliability that means each cup is great.

In the cup expect honey with a great lemon citrus rush. This is a delicate coffee with great aromatics.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 85

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