Peru Fair Trade Organic
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About Peru Fair Trade Organic
New crop arrived September 2016. This lot comes from the APROCASSI Cooperative located in the mountain region of the Cajamarca province. The cooperative aims to produce high quality coffee while improving the standard of living of its members through higher prices. They regularly invest in programs geared toward coffee quality and productivity. Most of the workers have family land where they grow a variety of products, including coffee at the higher elevations. The cooperative became Fair Trade certified in 2001 and has financed many social and productivity programs using its Fair Trade premium in addition to paying the producers directly for their coffee sales. APROCASSI was awarded Fair Trade USA's very frst Cooperative Small Grant to develop a rust mitigation program through environmental management to combat the invasive coffee rust disease that many coffee producing countries are currently facing.
One of the major obstacles confronted by the coffee supply chain in Peru is the ability to transport the product easily. There are constant delays due to problematic infrastructure or lack there of. The Aprocoyce group is planning to take measures in improve quality by providing covered drying beds for all of the partnering producers as well as social premiums and financial aid to the members. The main goal is to make it possible for producers to properly dry their coffee before it reaches the dry mill, which will ultimately increase the quality of coffee and expedite the process in the long run.
Peru is the world's leading producer of organic coffee. Fair Trade USA and USDA Organic Certified.
Cup Characteristics: Medium body, slightly sweet with mild acidity. Clean with well structured body. Ripe berry, grape, tropical flavors.
Roasting Notes: Full City suggested for lighter roasts. This coffee is also well suited for dark roast enthusiasts as it is bright and hard enough to withstand additional roasting beyond second crack.
Peru coffee facts:
Population (2006): 28.3 million People
Coffee Production: 3,450,000 bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 150 pounds - 69 kg
Domestic Consumption: 200,000 bags
Coffee Export: 3,250,000 bags
Cultivated Area: 120,000 Hectares (297,000 acres)
Harvests: April to September for washed coffees.
Arabica Introduced: Introduced in the 18th century.
Specialty Coffee Regions: Chamchamayo Valley in the center of the country.
Grades: AAA, AA, A
Farms: About 40,000 farms.
Botanical Varietals: Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Nuevo, Villa Lobos.
Coffee from Peru represents a classic Central American profile being bright, acidic and mildly flavored. In addition to being good stand-alone coffees they are excellent, neutral candidates for blends and can add liveliness when needed.