Peruvian El Chaupe
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Body: Medium, smooth
Flavor Profile: Balanced, mildly sweet
Cupping Notes: Mild earthen undertones with a silken body and roasted nut flavors.
Grown beneath a thick canopy of lush trees, this Grower Certified Organic Peru from El Chaupe Cooperative provides a perfect balance between earthen musk and crisp, bright acidity. The dry fragrance reveals a near-absence of sweetness with a husky, light molasses quality with an unexpected touch of tanned leather, forest herbs, and oak shavings. Once brewed, the aromas give rise to plum and jasmine, a rich burst of bittersweet chocolate, and toasted almonds.
The best organic lots from Peru tend to yield a somewhat "unpolished" coffee experience. The difference, here, is that the earth and clay latent in the roast are beautifully counterbalanced by a rich cup quality. Infused with silt, dry ash, and a decidedly loamy undercurrent, this cup presents a buttery body, unique brightness, unexpected flavor complexity, and wonderful depth.
Peru is a land of stark contrasts - high mountains, dense jungles, and barren deserts occupy this small country, all within close proximity. Peruvian territory was home to the Norte Chico civilization, one of the oldest in the world, and to the Inca Empire, the largest state in Pre-Colombian America. Relatively new to coffee cultivation, the areas of Northern Peru provide excellent growing conditions. The weather is characterized by year-round high temperatures and heavy rains from October through March, which soak into the beans and increase Peru's coffee yield.
In some ways, Peru has almost too much altitude. As a result, the range in quality is as varied as the landscape. In ideal conditions, high-elevation coffees develop much more slowly: with this attenuated time-frame, the beans have an opportunity to develop unique, complex flavors. Our Peruvian is a definite winner, revered for its delicate acidity and sweet round cup. Peruvian coffees are not universally exquisite, which makes us that much more proud to have secured beans from this surprising, mature harvest. These are, by far, the best Peruvian beans we've ever had in the shop.