Peruvian coffee gets us all excited, and we think you’ll love it too! Not only does the higher altitude and ample shade of the Andes Mountains provide an ideal environment for cultivating super high-quality Arabica beans, but Peru is also one of the leading producers of organic and Fair Trade certified coffees.
Most of the coffee grown in Peru is cultivated on small farms found high in the Andes Mountains that are less than two or three hectares in size and that sit at nearly 6000 feet above sea level. The coffee is generally picked by hand, and processed in small-scale wet mills.
Info on this particular lot: Rony Lavan is an ambitious and quality-driven cupper who has spent his career trying to carve out better and bolder coffees from small producers in Peru. While the country is emerging as a specialty market after many years of focusing on bigger lots and certifications, Rony’s passion is with identifying and developing the top scores and the best cups.
As president of the Lima Coffees exporting organization, Rony has already established himself as standing at the fore of microlot-quality coffees in Cajamarca. His first year with Lima Coffees, he entered the national competition and won; with the introduction of the Cup of Excellence competition to Peru in 2017, the country is poised to enter the international spotlight for its finest offerings. Rony and his coffees will be the ones to watch.
There are many challenges to the coffee industry in Peru due to the poor roads, the isolated locations of the farms and complications associated with micro wet milling. However, in recent years the Agricultural Ministry in Peru has introduced more modern farming methods and encouraged the development of farmer organizations. This more organized and centralized system with an emphasis on certified coffees has resulted in higher quality coffee. Hurray! So grab a bag, and enjoy a cup in the early morning New Mexico sunshine!