Peru Alto Pirias Graciela Espinoza

Middle roasts have candied toffee and chocolate flavor notes that remind me of Almond Roca or Heath Bar. Subtle hints of all spice, dried cherry and black tea. City to Full City+.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Typica Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Alto Pirias, Chirinos
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date December 2019 Arrival
Lot size 13
Bag size 69 KG
Packaging GrainPro Liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Yellow Caturra, Bourbon, Pache, Catimor
Grade SHB
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City+
Type Farm Gate

Graciela Espinoza has a 2 hectare farm in the Alto Pirias area of Peru's Chirinos district. Alto Pirias is a small village in Chirinos, near to the larger village of Las Pirias. Like Graciela, there are a number of young and forward thinking producers in this area. She moved to Chirinos at a young age and began working on farms in the area, saving up enough money to buy her own land. The farm is planted in Yellow Caturra, Catimor, Bourbon and Pache. Her wet-processing technic involves leaving the whole coffee cherry overnight before depulping the following morning. It generally takes 24 to 36 hours of fermentation time to break down the sticky muculage enough to wash it away easily and move to the drying patios. Sometimes Graciela ferments the coffee in sealed bags in order to impart more winey flavors in the cup, though this lot was not handled that way. 

This Peru micro lot from Graciela Espinoza has a pleasant set of smells. The sweetness shows a pungent malted syrup scent, as well as caramel and vanilla hints. Sorghum syrup comes to mind when smelling the wet aroma, another sweetener produced from grains. Sweet flavors in the cup are like graham cracker crust and salted caramel, the savory side perhaps coming from roast flavors at City+ which can be taken well into chocolatey, dark, roast flavor notes when developed into Full City and beyond. My middle roast showed candied toffee and chocolate flavor notes that brought to mind Almond Roca and Heath candy bars. Much more subtle are hints of all spice, dried cherry and black tea, most perceptible in City roasts and when the cup cools off some. Gracila's coffee has a rather simple finish and a bit short, though there's nothing unpleasant about this and certainly begs for a second cup!