Producer // Cecovasa
Country // Peru
Region // Putina
Cultivar // Typica, Bourbon
Process // Wet-Process
Elevation // 1,500 Meters
Tasting Notes // Lemongrass, Mango, Wild
Cup Characteristics: Ciriaco Quispe's award-winning lot is absolutely loaded with wild attributes! Juicy mango soars through the top of this cup as a refined lemongrass slows this beauty down into a sustained finish of fruit nectar.
Sourcing information: The coffee landscape in Peru is peculiar. It ranks among the top 8 countries in total production (Peru exported 4 million 60kg bags this year), yet we bought only 2500 pounds this year. I believe that has to do with the fact that we look to Peru for very specific things. Most of the coffee consuming world looks to Peru for large lots of organic coffees, but we look to them for tiny farmer-specific lots. This means that we both are able to get exactly what we are looking for out of Peru.
This year, we are very pleased to offer three small lots of coffee from Southern Peru in the Puno region. Puno is located on the shores of Lake Titicaca, which is the largest lake in South America.
All of the lots we purchased this year were processed in the same exact manner. Each farmer takes the cherry from their farm (a typical farm in this area of Peru is 1-2 hectares) and runs it through hand-cranked de-pulping machines. Then, they ferment the coffee in small tanks overnight, and wash the coffee in the same vessel in the morning. The washed parchment is then taken down the mountainside to a community-drying patio where it is dried to the proper degree.
This lot is from Ciriaco Quispe, who owns less than a hectare of land (less than 2.5 acres) but produces some of the world’s bestcoffee in the Inambari Valley. This coffee is special. The specificity of this lot is unheard of, and to be able to offer it as a Verve Coffee Roasters Reserve offering is a true blessing.