|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||Oct 19 2014|
|Appearance||.2 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City will achieve close to what's described above; Full City+ will work too, but will mute much of the top notes, offering more a sweet/bittersweet dimension.|
This coffee from Carlos de la Cruz Trujillano is one of a few from a cooperative known as "El Palto" in northern Peru. While the other two farmers whose coffees we purchased are located near the coop, Carlos' farm is actually just south of being smack dab in the middle of the country. It actually borders Cusco, a region we've seen amazing coffees from in the past. Like many of the farmers, Carlos' farm is planted in Typica. His coffee is fully washed, and processed at a mill right in Junin. The cooperative El Palto has 189 active members, totaling about 549 hectares of coffee production. They are all certified organic and Fair Trade. 40 of the cooperative member families are represented by the females of the household, some of whom also serve on the board of directors.
At a City+ roast level, Carlos' coffee has a sweet set of aromatics - honey, cinnamon stick, and even a hint of dried wild flowers. It's a nice smelling coffee, and adding hot water lends to the allure. There's more honey and baking spices in the steam off the wet crust too, and the break produces a candy-like smell. The sweetness found in the brewed coffee is substantial, more raw honey and cane juice, an unrefined sugary flavor. There is a green apple note, and even a touch of sweet carrot. Sounds strange, but really a pleasing quality, adding to a malic acidity which highlights the cup. The finish is also very sweet, and a buttery brown sugar flavor along with a subtle floral note complete the profile nicely.