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Artisan Roast - La Palma - Peru - Washed

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In the biodiverse Andean highlands of Northern Peru, bordering Ecuador, neighbouring smallholders Ismael and Leonilda are producing exemplary, heirloom variety coffee.

Meticulous processing sets these beans apart. Ripe cherries benefit from selective hand-picking in several passes, and further sorting to improve quality. Crucially, cherries are pulped on the day of picking, by mechanical pulper on farm itself. This is still unusual for Peru, where many mills are located far from farms (and as coffee cherries are supremely perishable, any delay in processing them after harvest can lead to undesirable flavours in the cup). After controlled fermentation in a tin tank, the beans are washed with fresh water, and dried on raised African beds, where they are turned often to ensure even drying.

Leonilda and Ismael are both members of 'Finca Santuario SA', a newly-established cooperative, whose mission statement is to share knowledge and resources, and to improve cup quality. The name 'Santuario' is a nod to the nearby Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. The cooperative's practices honour and protect the incredible biodiversity of the area, where páramo and montane eco-systems coexist, and animals abound (highlights include the spectacled bear, the Venezuelan red howler and the Andean cock of the rock). Leonilda and Ismael also cultivate palm trees, pineapples, oranges and laurel on their farms to encourage biodiversity. Santuario uses organic fertilisation and pest control to maintain soil quality and guard against leaf rust, a blight which has hit Peru hard, wiping out a significant percentage of the crop in 2013/14.

We've roasted this lot to bring out thick, nutty flavours of cashew and blanched almonds, the sweetness of milk chocolate, and a delicate white grape acidity with a stewed apple finish, and chamomile top notes.

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Altitude: 1750 to 1850m asl
Farm/Coop: La Palmera, La Pina, La Laurel, La Naranja
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: South America/Peru - La Palma, Querocoto District, Province of Chota, Cajamarca
Process Method: Washed
Tasting Notes: Caramel and cashew nut flavours, with milk chocolate sweetness and a delicate, white grape acidity with hints of stewed apples.
Varietals: Caturra, Mundo Novo, Pache, Typica and Catimor

Roasting and delivery information

We roast every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 12 pm on a roasting date. If an order is received after this cut off it will be prioritised on the next roasting day. Most items will be dispatched the next day (Tuesday and Thursday) We send the coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. For International delivery to Europe we use the Royal Mail International Standard service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days. For International delivery to World Zone 1 & 2 countries we use the Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days.

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.