PERU

Our Coffees

Name Origin Processing Certification
Undergrade Peru Washed None Select

More about Peru

Peru shares borders with Ecuador and Colombia to the North, Brazil to the East and Chile to the South. To the West lies the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The name ‘Peru’ derives from a Quecha Indian word meaning ‘land of abundance’ an accurate characterisation owing to its varied and unique topographies, and to the unmistakable Andes mountain range that rises out of the middle of Peru like a spine down the middle of the country.

Annual production: 4.1 million bags
Altitude range: 900 - 2000 masl
No coffee farmers: 220,000
Harvest times: June - September
Key growing regions: Cajamarca, Cusco, San Martin, Amazonas, Ayacucho and Junín
Typical varieties: Typica, Caturra, Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Catuai and Pache
Grading system: Sorted by altitude; SHB (Strictly Hard Bean) 1300masl and above, and HB (Hard Bean)
Processing type: Washed

Production Information

With a focus on certification, Peru is today one of highest producers of Arabica coffee worldwide, much of which is Organic, Fairtrade and Ranforest Alliance Certified. The original coffee planted in Peru was of the Typica variety and this still contributes to around 70% of today’s production of Arabica. The remaining coffee consists of Caturra, Pache, Catuai, Mundo Novo and Bourbon varieties. Coffee is grown predominantly on the Eastern slopes of the Andes in the areas of Cajamarca, the Amazonas and San Martin in the North, Junin in Central and around the southern highlands of Cusco, Puno and Ayacucho. Most coffee in Peru is produced by over 220,000 smallholder families with little more than 2-3 hectares of land. Coffee is mostly shade grown, which promotes healthier environments, prevents soil erosion and creates more resilient nutrient cycles, essential to the Organic growing culture.

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