PROFILE AND PARTNERSHIP
CHOCOLATE, BISCUIT, BLACKBERRY
Espresso Roast / Medium - Dark
This coffee has very much become a firm favourite with our customers since it first landed in our roastery in 2019. Long-term, direct relationships are really important to us as they provide the stability for producers, particularly during these challenging times. We’ve been working directly with Marjorie from Cooperativa De Servicios Multiples Juan Marco El Palto for over three years now. This cooperative is certified organic, and we have contributed to planting trees in Peru not far from where we source this coffee from. A smooth and chocolatey espresso roast with just a hint of blackberry in the finish, our Peru Classic Espresso sits between our Brazil and Americas on roast level - a modern twist on the classic espresso taste.
We think all of our coffees taste great no matter how you prepare them, but here are our favourite brew methods for this coffee:
JUMARP is a coop located in the Amazonian Andes in northern Peru. The coop were formed by 35 small farmers in 2003 and now has over 236 coop members. The coop has recently invested in wet mill, storage, and cupping lab infrastructure with speciality coffee premiums used to supply members with fertilisers and hands-on training through on-farm visits.
HISTORY OF COFFEE IN PERU
Though coffee arrived in Peru relatively early—in the middle of the 1700s—it wasn’t cultivated for commercial export until nearly the 20th century, with increased demand from Europe and the significant decrease in coffee production in Indonesia. British presence and influence in the country in particular helped increase and drive exports: In the early 1900s, the British government took ownership of roughly 2 million hectares of land from the Peruvian government as payment on a defaulted loan, and much of that land became British-owned coffee plantations.
As in many Central and South American countries, as the large European-owned landholdings were sold or redistributed throughout the 20th century, the farms became smaller and more fragmented, offering independence to farmers but also limiting their access to resources and a larger commercial market. Unlike many other countries whose coffee economy is dominated by smallholders, however, Peru lacks the organization or infrastructure to provide economic or technical support to farmers—a hole that outside organizations and certifications have sought to fill. The country has a remarkable number of certified-organic coffees, as well as Fair Trade–, Rainforest Alliance–, and UTZ-certified coffees. Around 30 percent of the country’s smallholders are members of democratic co-ops, which has increased the visibility of coffees from the area, but has done little to bring incredibly high-quality lots into the spotlight.
As of the 2010s, Peru is one of the top producers of Arabica coffee, often ranked fifth in world production and export of Arabica. The remoteness of the coffee farms and the incredibly small size of the average farm has prevented much of the single-farm differentiation that has allowed for microlot development and marketing in other growing regions, but as with everything else in specialty coffee, this is changing quickly as well. The country’s lush highlands and good heirloom varieties offer the potential for growers to beat the obstacles of limited infrastructure and market access, and as production increases, we are more likely to see those types of advancement