The city of Jaén, capital of the larger province sharing the same name, is undoubtedly the hub of Northern Peru’s bustling coffee trade. Historically, the most well known areas for coffee are north of the city. In 2017 our exporting partners, Origin Coffee Lab (OCL), began tasting samples from lesser known districts in the remote and mountainous areas to the west and southwest of the province. These profiles were unique, and OCL began purchasing small lots, paying a price well above the regional average. Over time, these volumes have grown as more producers are seeking higher prices for their coffee. During the 2019 harvest, we had the opportunity to visit the district of Colasay and ended up purchasing coffee from that area.
Peru contains many sub-regions famous for producing coffees of excellent quality, however, the districts southwest of Jaén are not typically thought of in that same vein. Largely overlooked by specialty traders, most of the coffees from this area have historically been bulked into large commodity blends. Working closely with our exporting partner, we have started to dig deeper and explore the quality potential of the many small coffee-producing communities in the area. This year’s selections have excited us with flavors of black cherry, stone fruit, and milk chocolate.
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