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Origin: Cajamarca, Peru
Roast: Espresso
Producer: Aromas del Valle
Altitude: 1500-2100 Meters
Varietal: Catuai, Caturra
Process: Washed

Peru’s highlands offer great growing conditions for quality coffee. However, after the split of large estates into small farms over the past century, many coffee producers lack infrastructure or access to the Specialty Coffee Market. Aromas del Valle is changing exactly that: They offer technical support and create sustainability by introducing higher standards.

What fascinated us in this cup are notes of mandarin, short-bread, citrus fruits and dried apple. Floral notes of jasmine and coffee blossom are shining through.

Aromas del Valle is committed to the environment, respecting the harmony of ecosystems and maintaining organic farming techniques from generation to generation. Projects are in place that transition the coffee value chain to a more sustainable model to benefit the coffee producers. Quality improvements are made through technical assistance, organic fertilization, post-harvest training and supply chain infrastructure.

Farms are normally around 1-3 hectares and family-run. They harvest, pulp, ferment and dry the coffees on their farms. Being part of Aromas del Valle, they invest in their production and start creating microlots or improved community blends. Harvest takes place from May to October.