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RAYOS del SOL EDITION | For the third straight year, four brothers from the village of Alto Ihuamaca in the San Ignacio region anchor our Peru single-origin lineup. This Bourbon lot from the Pintado brothers reminds us of cherry, grape and caramelized sugar.
  • SKU Cruz del Sur Organic Peru
  • Country Peru
  • Region within Country San Ignacio
  • Elevation 1500-1800 MASL
  • Farm Rayos del Sol
  • Farmer / Producer Name Percy, Jefry, Silvio and Melqueades Pintado
  • Buyer Jay Cunningham
  • Harvest Time MAY-NOVEMBER 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic Yes
  • Harvest Year 2018
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Cruz del Sur Organic Peru

I have always wanted to offer a coffee from Peru that is every bit as good as what we are buying from the rest of the world, a cup so sweet and complex you take a sip then pull the mug away in wonder.

Peru is one of the top 10 producers of coffee in the world, and the largest exporter of certified organic specialty coffee. But for a number of reasons, its full potential for quality has largely gone unrealized, and even the country’s best coffees are often unheralded or blended into obscurity. Fortunately, we are not alone in our hope of rescuing those coffees from oblivion. Over the past five seasons, we have been working to build relationships with growers in northern Peru who share our commitment to quality and our belief in Peru’s quality potential.

In Jaen, the epicenter of Peru’s coffee sector, we partner with Origin Coffee Lab, a new specialty operation staffed by a team of experienced coffee veterans and farmers. From its state-of-the-art cupping lab and field office in town,, it supports the work of a second-year cooperative called Café Solidario, which is working hard to offer the kinds of amazing, sweet and clean coffees we look for. Four members of the cooperative have led the way.

Los Hermanos Pintado

Alto Ihuamaca is a small village about a four-hour drive from Jaen on dirt roads high in the Andes. It is located in the Tabaconas-Namballe National Sanctuary, a huge protected area of natural forest home to a dizzying array of vegetation and wildlife including the Spectacled Bear. The conditions there are ideal for great coffee: high elevation, soil teeming with organic matter, warm days and cool nights.

Percy, Jefrey, Silvio and Melqueades Pintado are four coffee-farming brothers in Alto Ihuamaca who manage their farms collectively. They grow, process and dry their coffees on rugged farms about a mile’s walk from the nearest road down a deep muddy path. They have been working closely with Solidario and Origin to adopt better farm management practices, replace older coffee trees and improve drying to boost quality. The results have been amazing. The coffees taste better than ever, with great body, citrus acidity and berry flavors.

When I first tasted Percy’s coffee four years ago, he had no contact with the specialty market and his farm didn’t even have a name. Today, both Percy and his farm, now named Rayos del Sol, have become reference points for quality in a coffee origin that is having a moment. We’re proud to offer small lots from the Pintado brothers under our Cruz del Sur mark, to highlight this small farm in a big country, and to deliver a transparent coffee from a country that produces so much coffee that is so rarely celebrated or even named. We are thrilled to play a small role in Peru’s coffee renaissance. Enjoy!

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.