This is a farm that coffee buyers dream of but rarely, if ever, find: 100% Typica organically grown at a staggering 2,300 masl. Peru is a newer region for us, and we couldn't be more excited to share this selection with you. In the cup we find star fruit, lychee, and mandarin.
Querocoto, Chota, Cajamarca
September - October, 2020
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects and depulped on the day of harvest. Dry fermented for 36 hours. Dried on raised beds for 12-15 days.
This is a farm one dreams of but rarely, if ever, finds. We have been modestly exploring Peruvian coffees over the years, but it has been rather difficult to find the right partners to work with in these regions. The region of Chota is burgeoning with specialty coffee potential, with some of the highest coffee-producing elevations in the world. Most of the coffee from Chota is produced by smallholding farmers growing fully organically at extreme altitudes. This is without question one of the most exciting regions we will be exploring in the coming years.
Bourbon and Typica compose the most culturally and genetically important groups of coffees in the world. Historical records indicate that seeds were taken from the natural coffee forests of Southwestern Ethiopia to Yemen, where it was cultivated as a crop. Recent genetic tests have confirmed that Bourbon and Typica were the main seeds taken from Ethiopia to Yemen. From Yemen, descendants of Bourbon and Typica spread around the world, forming the basis of modern Arabica coffee cultivation.
Typica reached Brazil in the early 1700’s, and quickly spread throughout most of Central and South America. Until the 1940’s, the majority of coffee plantations in Central America were planted with Typica. However, because this variety is both low yielding and highly susceptible to major coffee diseases, it has gradually been replaced across much of the Americas with Bourbon varieties such as Caturra, Catuai, and also hybrids.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.