The Cajamarca region is an up-and-coming coffee area, with all the right ingredients to ensure delicious coffee. This lot is grown by a group of smallholders who live near the town of San Jose del Lourdes. Expect sticky toffee sweetness, nutty praline and blackberry, and an all-round easy-going brew.
Peru was late to the party. In coffee terms, that is. Now, 200 years after coffee was first cultivated here, it’s one of the top five arabica exporters in terms of volume. The lush green highlands give the potential, but the obstacles have been many – small farms, limited infrastructure and market access. All this is changing, though. There’s something brewing
Cajamarca is the most well-known coffee producing region, and San Jose del Lourdes is a small town in the heart of the region. The farmers are many, the farms may be small, but their quality is getting better and better, and they learn fast.
Many of these farmers will process their coffees at their own micro-mills, or beneficio’s. It allows them to supervise everything, and is more efficient than delivering cherry. We’ve been roasting this coffee for a few years and it keeps improving, as many of you have discovered.
Part of the appeal is because this is an absolute all-rounder. In filter we get a lovely balance of crips blackberry, with a nutty praline sweetness, and a sticky toffee finish. In espresso, everything is turned up a notch, the blackberry jumps out on the nose, and the praline turns to a nutty sweetness, which will be evident in milk drinks alongside a chocolate-toffee blast. Sometimes simple can be great, and this party is just getting started.