Producer // Various Small Producers
Country // Peru
Region // Puno Region
Cultivar // Typica
Process // Wet-Process
Elevation // 1,600-2,000 Meters
Tasting Notes // Ganache, Grape, Viscous
Cup Characteristics: Chewy and decadent like fresh ganache, the Puno Single Origin Espresso is deep with grape and currant zing that lasts into the finish of pure concord grape juice.
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 three lots 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 comprised of coffees from various smallholder farmers in the Puno region. While being a regional blend, this lot is only comprised of coffees from a handful of farms.
PREPARATION RECOMMENDATIONS: Puno is an SOE with a soaring mouthfeel. We think that this coffee is best treated to a slightly bigger extraction, while maintaining the typical time frame.
IN: 19.8-20 GRAMS // OUT: 28-30 GRAMS // @: 25-27 SECONDS