🍩 Peru 🍩
A sweet and full-bodied coffee produced by two women farmers both named Maria!
Notes of Red Apple, Vanilla and Pecan
Best for: Pourover, Filter, Aeropress, Light Espresso
*10% of sales to the Mazi Project* - (more info below)
Grown by: Maria Nieves Tantalean and Maria Gloria Neira
Region: La Coipa, San Ignacio, Cajamarca
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra, Typica
Sourced through: Khipu Coffee. (Two cousins and a childhood friend, two living in Peru and one in the UK.) We met Mark at London Coffee festival and feel so lucky to be able to purchase coffee through someone who has Peruvian hertitage and working on such a small scale like us.
About this Coffee
Maria Nieves Tantalean and Maria Gloria Neira are both members of Alpes Andino, and they have been involved in coffee production since childhood.
Where is the farm?
For the past 5 years, they have been growing Caturra, Bourbon, and Geisha varieties of coffee in La Coipa, at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. Their farms are also home to lemon and palto trees. Coffee production is the primary economic activity for both producers, just as it was for their parents who taught them their craft.
How was this coffee processed?
To produce their coffee, they harvest the mature cherry trees, wash them, and let them ferment for 72 hours before washing them three more times. Then, they dry the beans in a solar dryer for 15 to 20 days. They grow a mix of Caturra, Bourbon, and Typica coffee varieties, and fertilise their crops with island guano (bird poo) and coffee pulp. Each of them has a 2-hectare farm, and they each produce 1380 kgs of coffee in parchment, roughly 20 exportable 69kg bags per year.
The role of Alpes Andinos for this coffee?
Alpes Andinos provide quality improvement workshops, and buy coffee at parchment which is cupped and paid for according to quality. The coffee is processed at a screen size of 15, and the effort to produce specialty coffees is recognised by a fair price that takes into account the quality and care put into their production.
What the producers want you to know
Alpes Andinos are recognised as a company of high-quality and support the producers seeking sustainability and a long-term relationship with roasters. The organisation supports everyone for communal benefit, protecting the environment, and working on social inclusion to group more producers.
-The MAZI Project-
The MAZI project is a Community Interest Company (CIC) that is taking big leaps in tackling food inequality in the city of Bristol. By making connections between disadvantaged young people and Bristol’s rich food culture, they hope to empower disadvantaged young people with the skills, knowledge and ingredients to live a healthy and well-nourished lifestyle.
For example, each week, the organisation deliver their aMAZIng meal boxes to disadvantaged young people in Bristol. These boxes include some great things, such as recipes, ingredients and surprise treats that give individuals the opportunity to experience some of flavours and skills that many take for granted.
The power that food possesses to connect people is something that we have experienced here at All About the Cooks – and it is something that the MAZI project also recognise (mazí – meaning together in Greek). Their mission resonates with us – which is why… we will be donating 10% of our sales in December of Maria and Maria.