Smooth and balanced lemon citrus acidity, toffee sweetness and a ginger spice finish.
San Ignacio is part of the Cafe Imports 'Regional Select' program which was created to highlight the unique profiles that are inherent to various microclimates in many of the countries they source coffee from. Local variables like wind patterns, soil quality, sunlight, elevation, and other environmental influencers have much to do with the common characteristics that separate, say, a Northern Colombian from a Southern Colombian coffee, just as they inform the differences between a Colombian and a Kenyan.
For these Regional Select offerings, they source based on cup quality and character, seeking a balance of “taste of place” with availability and price. In the San Ignacio province within the Cajamarca region this is typically full of fruit, chocolate and a citric acidity. These lots are built as blends from coffees that cup out between 84–87 on the 100-point cupping scale, and come with regional and often micro-regional traceability, but are not farm, or producer specific.
Many producers in Northern Peru have their own hand pulping machine and fermentation tank where they produce the coffee before they dry it on their patio or raised beds on their farms. The main coffee variety grown by these producers is Caturra with some still growing Typica, Pache and Bourbon.
Historically, Peru’s mild cup profile and relatively inexpensive price have made the coffees an appealing blend component. In recent years coffees from this beautiful country have begun to fulfil their potential for quality in response to increasing interest along the supply chain.
In 2017 the country played host to its first-ever Cup of Excellence competition, and our import partners senior green-coffee buyer Piero Cristiani participated on the international judging committee.