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This jammy Caturra varietal lot from Finca La Perla in Diamante, Cajamarca, took 15th place in Peru's Cup of Excellence Competition.
  • SKU Peru CoE #15
  • Country Peru
  • Region within Country Diamante, Cajamarca
  • Elevation 1950 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Finca La Perla
  • Farmer / Producer Name Rafaél Arévalo Apolínar
  • Buyer Jay Cunningham
  • Cultivar Caturra
  • Harvest Time Summer 2019
Single Origin 1
CitrusBerryTropical

Cup of Excellence #15 Peru

Peru is a vast and beautiful country that has all the elements for high quality coffee: soaring elevations, amazing soils and great varietals. Indeed, Peru produces tons of amazing coffees, but most of them are bulked into huge lots and mixed into blends, meaning the delicious and remarkable cup quality of many small farms is lost forever.

The Cup of Excellence applies an extraordinary amount of scrutiny to coffee that most buyers and companies simply cannot afford to invest in. The process is methodical and exacting, utilizing all the resources available in the vibrant and growing specialty coffee sector. The coffees are cupped and re-cupped many times, first by a national jury, and then by an international panel. The winning lots eventually auctioned off, often at very high prices, with the majority of the premiums going directly to the producer.

Our Direct Trade model is built around the same ideas as the Cup of Excellence: isolate exemplary lots, reward the farmers who produce them, and celebrate the results of all that careful and intentional work, all with the goal of finding the very best coffees from any given country. In its third year in Peru, the CoE competition showcased a remarkable array of coffees from every region, with a surprising range of complex flavors.

One of my favorite coffees was from Finca La Perla, grown by a farmer named Rafaél Arévalo Apolínar. The coffee was notable for its intense fruity sweetness and crisp acidity.

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.