Peru has always possessed amazing potential to produce great quality coffee, yet excellent Peruvian coffees are rare. To some degree, the success of Peru coffee has been it's downfall. Organic certified Peru coffees are ubiquitous, always as close as your local Trader Joe's, but the coffee is often poorly picked, processed and roasted, if it is even freshly roasted at all.
This is a special 20 lbs sampler that consists of 4 different coffees,from Central and South America. With so many regions from these areas providing us with new crop coffees right now, it's a great opportunity for us to pass along variety and volume to our home roasters. Normally when you buy a 20 LB bag of coffee from us it has to be all one single origin or blend, so this is a nice way to split up some of that volume between a few different options. We put in a lot of work in Guatemala this year, so the sampler will consist of two Guatemalan coffees, as well as one-each selection from Nicaragua, Honduras, Peru, and El Salvador. Your coffee will ship in our regular mylar 5 LB zip bags, no fancy cloth bags like our full 20 LB bags.
Due to the special pricing for this sampler we cannot honor special requests nor accept returns. Thanks.
New crop Central American coffees are already here, and regions in South America are beginning to trickle in now. This means that we'll be working into new regions and lots as they arrive. And for now, here is an example of the lots you'll see included in this XL Sampler - Please keep in mind we will be doing the selecting and lots will come and go, but trust us, we'll pick 4 great lots along the lines of the following:
The CECOVASA cooperative (Central Agricultural Cooperative of the Valleys of Sandia) is actually a fairly large conglomerate of smallerer cooperatives organized for the purpose of self-sufficiency. Starting out with 5 coops back in 1970, the main goals were to export their coffee directly, save on farm supplies due to large bulk purchasing, and ultimately increase production value thus driving up the price. It's an effective approach and one that's allowed them to grow quite a bit over the last 40+ years. They now represent about 4,500 producers, making up over 75% of coffee production in the Inambari Tambopata valley. Crops are mainly made up of Typica, but some have a small amount of Catimor and Caturra intermixed. It's an impressive operation, and now offers only certified Fair Trade Organic coffee.
This Peru may be slightly 'basic' in profile, but a driving sweetness in the cup and and a silky body make it a more-than-approachable choice. The dry fragrance has a candied nut smell to it, like praline almond or peanut. It's sweet, and expounded with hot water. A scent of currant and cinnamon is in the wet coffee too, and dark roasts have a smell of pumpkin pike filling. There's a simplicity to the cup, and it is focused around flavors of brown sugar, caramel, and cocoa (especially in the finish). The milky body is pleasing and conveys this sweetness well. There's a black tea note as well that also defines the mild acidity. Dark roasts have a bit of black walnut and raisin. This coffee is versatile in the roaster and cups well from City to Full City and beyond.