Peru Aromas del Valle Organic
This selection is surprisingly bold for a Peruvian coffee. While it has the characteristic gentle brightness and clean finish, the texture is definitely more creamy and it toes the line between balanced and complex. The flavors of orange peel, cola and cocoa powder are much more pronounced than we usually expect.
Arrival Date: January 14th, 2022
Acidity & Brightness: Gently bright and fairly sweet
Balance & Finish: Fairly balanced, clean finish
Body & Texture: Full bodied, creamy texture
Flavors: Orange peel, cola and cocoa powder
Grade: SHB, grown at 1500-1900 masl
Processing: Fully Washed, hand-picked, sun dried
Grower: Producers from San Ignacio in Cajamarca
Region: San Ignacio, Cajamarca
Varietals: Bourbon, Catimor, Caturra, Pache, and Typica
Roasting: We like this coffee best at City+ (light-medium) but it's worth noting it's extremely versatile! Anywhere from the tail end of first crack to early second crack will produce pleasing results. Lighter roasts will be more focused on the clean, bright orange sweetness while darker roasts will emphasize chocolate and bring out more complex sweetness.
Reminder: This coffee is raw, roast before enjoying!
Our Review: "Producers in this region typically cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, and beans. They carefully harvest and sort cherries before depulping, fermenting, washing, and drying the coffee using their own micro-mills. While producers design farm management and post-harvest solutions to fit their needs, they also need a strong alliance to bring their coffee to the international market and earn fair prices. Aroma del Valle, an organization established to assist small producers access the specialty coffee market carries out activities that often go unnoticed but are crucial for small producers. Investments for basic infrastructure needs, like road improvements, establishing local warehouses, and preparing coffee for export are all coordinated through Aroma del Valle, which ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post harvest process. Aroma del Valle also helps farmers navigate the organic certification process. " - Royal Coffee
Peruvian coffee has a reputation for subtlety that is commonly misconstrued as, well to put it bluntly, boring. I think that's just a misinterpretation of what is meant by the word subtle! I think of subtle as gentle, mild, understated. Subtle reminds me of a friend of mine who stays quiet during conversations in large groups of people, but when he speaks up, everyone listens because what he has to say is always thoughtful and compelling. Peruvian coffee is that friend. It's understated, it's quiet, but if you really take in the cup, you'll find it's got quite a bit say, in that calm, soothing voice that only Peruvian coffee can say it. This coffee has gentle acidity and slight sweetness with a smooth, creamy texture and a clean finish that'll have you looking at the bottom of the cup before you know it. Expect notes of caramel, milk chocolate and almond.