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There's no question that Peruvian coffee has burst (back) onto the specialty coffee scene around the world, and here in South Africa. Locally, we would say that our friends at Rosetta Roastery have been at the forefront of this resurgence. Over the last couple of years, they have shared some pretty spectacular Peruvians with us. When CCB was starting out, Peru just wasn't one of the origins that we would come into contact with.
There's a lot to be said for Peruvian coffee. It is an up and coming coffee producer in the specialty context, and so coffees from the country are a bit more affordable than those from Central America, or Colombia or Brazil. Still, they tend to hit the spot in terms of those more classic flavour notes that so many coffee drinkers around the world love.
Peruvian specialty producers are also rapidly gaining a reputation for strong production practices yielding balanced and clean cups. What more could a coffee lover want?
Phaedon's tasting notes
Despite being accompanied by some rather bold and beautiful African coffees on the cupping table, this more understated Peruvian coffee definitely caught my attention. It was impressively complex. I found aromas of stone fruit, hints of citrus, perhaps even something effervescent on the nose. From the first taste it was beautifully balanced, those more delicate aromas combining seamlessly with some slightly heavier toasted nut notes. It all finished elegantly with a honey-like sweetness. I'm really starting to love Peruvian coffee.
Flavour profile: Clean & full, brown sugar, subtle citrus
We lay the foundation for this profile with a lofty charge temperature - high-grown Peruvians are big beans that are notably resistant to heat. We maintain high gas throughout the greater part of the ramp-up before first crack. A lengthened development accentuates the inherent sweetness of this coffee, maximising caramelisation, but with a deliberately low rate of rise entering into first crack to maintain a clean cup profile.
Our Union Progreso is comprised of two lots of coffee from the farms of Feliciano and Victoria, and Magdalena.
Feliciano and Victoria have been farming coffee for more than twenty years, beginning their journey by joining the ACPC cooperative (Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pichanaki) which is a coffee farmers’ association situated in Junín. ACPC has made Feliciano and Victoria's coffee accessible to an international specialty market and holds organic, fair trade, and bird-friendly certification. In 2012, all their Caturra was devastated by the Roja plague. They replanted more resistant varieties such as Catimor but have decided, in a move to improve the potential in cup quality, to plant more Caturra and Typica trees once again.
Magdalena and her husband bought the farmland she currently owns in the early 2000s, which is considerably high up in the mountains and was, for the most part, practically inaccessible. She would contact young men to walk down for an hour with 50kg bags of coffee on their back to get it off the farm. This made the road that was constructed a huge contributing factor in the development of their farms, making the high altitude and unique microclimate work in their favour.
- Producer: Vista Alegre & Tres Querubines of the Union Progreso Community
- Region: Rio Negro, Satipo, Junin, Peru
- Country: Peru
- Variety: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, others
- Altitude: 1600m - 1650m ASL
- Processing: Washed
- Harvest: 2021
- Certification: Organic (at farm)