Peru has always possessed amazing potential to produce great quality coffee, yet excellent Peruvian coffees are rare. It's a lot of work to find a good lot among the abundance offered by brokers and other channels, although they can be found. We prefer to work in a more direct way to identify single farmers or small groups to import, and then we work with mills and exporters to get the coffee out intact. Click Here to read more.

  • Peru FTO Dry Process El Palto

    $5.95 / Lb. (or less)
    This dry process Peru makes a bold brew at a wide range of roasts. Dehydrated strawberry, grape wine, dried apricot, banana chips, and more. With a rustic sweetness and slightly mirky cocoa undertones, this comes off a lot like a dry process Ethiopia Harrar coffee. City+ to Full City+.

    This dry processed coffee is from the El Pato cooperative, a certified Fair Trade and Organic coop that's operated in the Amazonian Andes since 2003. This is Typica varietal, a large bean coffee, and is dry processed with the whole cherry left intact during the entire drying process. This type of processing tends to produce fruit forward coffees, heavier body, and muted acidity. Such is the case for this coffee from El Palto. The cooperative is invested in coffee quality and quantity, re-investing their premiums in both the farms and the families of farmers. They're currently at nearly 200 members, and have done a great job of isolating quality lots and featuring as micro, single-farm lot offers. Being a dry processed coffee, you can expect a lot of chaff to come off of the beans during the roasting process. This, in combination with the darker color hue that dry process coffees take on, can make judging physical roast characteristics a little tricky. Pay attention to when first crack begins and ends, and adjust your finish times from there.

    This dry processed lot is a powerhouse in terms of dense sweetness and the array of fruited notes that are present. Sweetness and complexity aren't hard to come by with this one, and no matter where your roast development winds up, you're sure to be rewarded with a bold, fruit-forward brew. The dry fragrance of City roasts has a strawberry smell, not so much like the actual fruit, but more on the dehydrated side, and reminds me of strawberry milk powder. The wet aroma is filled with dried fruit smells, that with a rustic sweetness comes off a lot like an Ethiopian Harrar dry-process coffee. Full City roasts bring about pungent cocoa roast tones, along with dark berry fruit smells on the break. The cooling cup has a rustic date sugar sweetness, and as the temperature dips, fruited notes like red berry, dried strawberry, and banana chips make quite an impression. It doesn't have the cup clarity of a dry processed Ethiopia Yirga Cheffee coffee, but you'd be hard pressed to not take notice of overt fruit flavors that are out front at a wide range of roasts. There's a winey side too, and the finish has a cranberry liqueur aspect. Darker roasting does little to tone down bold dried and dehydrated fruited notes, and at Full City the cup shows a blend of semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried natural apricot, and grape wine.

  • Peru Pueblo del Cautivo

    $6.00 / Lb. (or less)
    City+ and Full City produces the most balanced cups, bittersweet cocoa flavor and aroma, Nutella spread, an undercurrent of raw sugar, opening up to notes of raw Brazil nut, and an interesting sweet yam accent. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.

    The village of El Cautivo is located in one of two coffees we bought from the San Ignacio District, Cajamarca, a region known for producing specialty grade coffee. The group in El Cautivo are one of several who together have formed a coffee farmer's alliance, "Finca Santuario". The goal of this association is to aggregate resources in order to not only gain the small farmer transparent access to the global market, but also work as a collective to increase their coffee's value by planting cultivars with cup quality in mind, and improve harvest techniques as well as processing  and drying conditions. This is a fully washed coffee, meaning that after most of the fruit is mechanically removed from the seed, the remaining sticky layer of mucilage is broken down by overnight fermentation and then washed away the next day. Most of the farmers wet-process and dry their coffee at home, and then deliver their dry parchment to the local association arm in town where it is stored until export. This is one of four lots of coffee we bought from Finca Santuario this year, most of which we're finding to be versatile in the roaster, as well as working well in many brew methods (this one is a fantastic espresso!).

    Loose leaf tea comes to mind when grinding a City roast of this coffee, a smell that's like popping a box of bagged black tea. You get a sense of caramel malt sweetness and bittering coffee tones too, and City+ strikes a nice balance between these two characteristics. City+ and Full City is where I found the most balanced cups in general, a bittersweet cocoa aroma that plays out in the finish, with an undercurrent of raw sugar finding equal footing. I also roasted to City level, but found the coffee's sweetness to be underwhelming. But middle roasts is where El Cautivo opens up to flavors of brown sugar and a raw Brazil nut, and an interesting sweet yam note in the finish. Full City shows a delicious hazelnut chocolate flavor like Nutella. I enjoyed an espresso shot with my FC roast, finding flavors of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and creamy nut tones in the long aftertaste. 

  • Peru San Ignacio El Horcon

    $5.80 / Lb. (or less)
    Full City roasts produce underlying cocoa flavors, a bittersweet backdrop for burned sugar and roasted nut notes to stand out against. A flavor of chocolate-peanut butter cookies as the cup cools, along with a woody spice accent. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.

    The tiny hamlet of El Horcon is located in San Ignacio District, Cajamarca, a region known for producing specialty grade coffee. With less than 20 families in town, they've banded together as one part of a coffee farmer's alliance called "Finca Santuario". The goal of this association is to aggregate resources in order to not only gain the small farmer transparent access to the global market, but also work as a collective to increase their coffee's value by planting cultivars with cup quality in mind, and improve harvest techniques as well as processing  and drying conditions. This is a fully washed coffee, meaning that after most of the fruit is mechanically removed from the seed, the remaining sticky layer of mucilage is broken down by overnight fermentation and then washed away the next day. Most of the farmers wet process and dry their coffee at home, and then deliver their dry parchment to the local association arm in town where it is stored until export. This is one of four lots of coffee we bought from Finca Santuario this year, most of which we're finding to be versatile in the roaster, as well as working well in many brew methods.

    Sweetness is apparent in the dry grounds, a mix of nut and spice smells come through like honey-roasted peanut and cinnamon, and Full City showing an subtle anise hint. Nutty sweetness builds with hot water, a sort of walnut brownie smell coming up from the wetted crust, and a waft of candy coated peanut takes shape. City roast is just too light for this coffee, and lacks sweetness that comes with more roast development. City+ roasts had pleasant nut and molasses flavors, and dense body to go with it. But my favorite of my three roasts was Full City, where an underlying cocoa flavor offers a bittersweet backdrop for burned sugar and roasted nut notes to stand out against. The cool cup reminds me of chocolate-peanut butter cookies, and inky body does much to carry that flavor into the long aftertaste, along with a woody spice accent. A bittersweet espresso too, inky, and with loads of baking cocoa, and great for milk drinks.