PERU (ORGANIC) FTO SMBC Villa Rica
The cup has really nice sweetness and acidity. The brightness is actually quite moderate. The cup has a nutty roast tone leaning to a soft milk chocolate honey-like finish.
Typical Cup Profile: Light-bodied and sweet, with vanilla and almond flavors
Peruvian coffee, particularly organic Peruvian coffee, is plentiful and quite easy to get. In most cases, it is among the least expensive organic coffees available, and that is more by design than accident. The largest share of coffee from Peru is grown at low elevations on large production farms rather than on smaller estates that focus on quality. Peruvian coffees tend to be mildly acidic, with light bodies and balanced flavors, making them ideal for blending and as a base for flavored coffees.
That said, the changes throughout the coffee industry are affecting Peru as well, and roaster/importers are establishing direct relationships with many small coffee holders, particularly in the Chanchamayo Valley and in the Urubamba Valley of the Cuzco region. The best Peruvian coffees have a sweet, almost vanilla and almond flavor that sets them apart from the typical coffees of the country.
CERTIFICATION: Fair Trade Organic
SMBC is the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and their certification is based on coffee intermixed in the jungle without modern cultivation teqniques or distiburbing the animal habitates.
This lot is sourced from Alexander Brack Egg who owns the Brack Estate, which is located in the Oxapampa Province within the Pasco Region of Peru. The Brack family first immigrated to Peru from Germany in the 1920s and remnants of their German culture remain to this day in the district of Villa Rica. Coffee plants on the 300 hectares estate are naturally fertilized with compost originating from coffee pulp. The bird-friendly estate also has certifications from the Rainforest Alliance and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC).