Kiss the Hippo - Peru
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Gloria, Elmer & Elvis Arevalo's farm in the Cajamarca region of Peru
Notes of Caramelized Pineapple and Haribo
SCA Score - 87.5
On two hectares of land high up in northern Peru, where the wind from the Pacific collides with the Andes, sits Gloria Rafael Arvalo’s coffee farm. Her husband Elmer and son Elvis run the farm, growing a mix of Peruvian coffee staples like this lot of catuai. Peru is one of the most rugged coffee-growing environments, with extremely high altitude farms on challenging mountains. Producers like the Arvalos reveal their considerable skill as they work to create exceptionally unique and delicious lots in a place with such dramatic geography.
This is our first natural process from Peru, a country that typically produces almost exclusively washed coffee. With the explosion of specialty coffee has come an interest from progressive producers like the Arvalos in experimenting and creating adventurous lots like this one.
Bursting with sweetness, it still holds on to a sense of balance with a refreshing acidity and the synergy of flavour notes giving it incredible structure. The coffee becomes more complex when brewed at a lower ratio, while a higher ratio amplifies its intensity.