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We are delighed to present our first-ever release from Southern Peru, a stunner from the Huadquiña cooperative in the community of Santa Teresa in Cusco. Its flavors of golden raisin, black cherry and clementine will have us coming back for more.
  • SKU 221001
  • Country Peru
  • Region within Country Cusco
  • Elevation 1500 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Various smallholders
  • Farmer / Producer Name Huadquiña
  • Buyer Jay Cunningham
  • Cultivar Caturra, Bourbon, Typica
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade No
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic Yes
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
USDA organic 1
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Santa Teresa Organic Peru Limited Release

North v South

Our sourcing efforts in Peru have been focused since the very beginning on the country’s North. Northern Peru is where the majority of the country’s specialty coffee is grown, after all. With more cooperatives and producers to work with, better mechanisms for trade and transparency, and a larger pool of coffee for us to explore in our search for delicious gems, focusing our early efforts on the North made the job of our coffee buyers a little easier.

Our very first Peru Direct Trade project in Peru was focused on the country’s North. We called it, ironically, Cruz del Sur, or “the southern cross.” That name referred not to the project’s location within Peru, but Peru’s location with respect to the rest of the world: south of the Equator in South America. Our sourcing program in Peru continues to focus primarily on the North. Over the last three years, we have devoted a lot of time to our latest Direct Trade project there, and are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the most recent crop.

But the coffee growers of Southern Peru have made themselves hard to ignore in recent years, turning out beautiful coffees from Cusco and Puno. This Santa Teresa Organic Limited Release is our first offering of from the South, and a bright start to a new sourcing effort. We have an inaugural visit with the growers behind this coffee slated for later this year, and hope to launch a new Direct Trade project next season.

Cusco

Peru is huge, three times the size of California, and the Northern and Southern parts of the country are very different places in regard to culture, language, and landscape.

The South is dryer, with higher elevations, and much less infrastructure to support trade than the comparatively more industrialized and developed North. But the isolation of Peru’s southern coffee regions isn’t all bad. One benefit of their remoteness is that many farms there still have primarily heirloom Typica and Bourbon varietals which deliver the complex flavor and sweetness we seek in our coffees.

One of the two primary trading hubs in the South is the city of Cusco, once the Inca capital of Peru. This organic lot comes from the Huadquiña Cooperative, based in the nearby village of Santa Teresa. The primary growing regions surround the Salkantay Mountain as well as the Yanatile River Valley, not far from Machu Picchu, the remote mountain fortress built centuries ago by the Inca as the seat of their sprawling empire. Long ago, the residents of the communities where this coffee was grown built and maintained an escape route in the event the fortress should come under attack. Coffee trees still grow there among the ancient stonework.

Huadquiña has about 400 members, and this lot is comprised of coffee from just 10 farms. Although the coop has a wet mill in Santa Teresa, the farms are so remote the majority of the coffee is wet-processed and dried in small backyard mills, and coop members deliver parchment coffee to Santa Teresa where it is sorted and hulled for export.

We are thrilled to release this coffee and eager to begin laying the groundwork later this year for our first Direct Trade sourcing project in Southern Peru. If this Santa Teresa lot is any indication, Southern Peru will become an origin whose annual production is anxiously awaited by baristas and guests in our Coffeebars.

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.