Peru FTO San Ignacio Cajamarca

Balanced cup with great sweetness, aromatic milk chocolate, hints of almond and coconut, soft pear-like fruit, slight dry finish, balanced. City+ to Full City+ roast.
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Region South America
Grade SHG
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 18 Screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to Full City+. Your C+ roasts will have a nutty accent and is my favorite (sweetest) roast. FC+ is simpler, with nice chocolate.
Weight 1 LB
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Organic Peru is not as special as it might sound. It is often the cheapest certified Organic coffee on the market, it's the "blender" coffee of Organics, it's $4/Lb. roasted at Trader Joes. And it is threatening to lower prices for organic coffee farmers globally. The Peruvian coffee industry took note of the premium prices paid for Organic coffee, and realized they could produce Organic for less cost, focusing on quantity, not quality. They wanted to be to Organic coffee what Vietnam is to robusta. There are stories of forest being clear-cut for organic farm (it takes 3 years for an existing farm to become certified organic... not so with a "new" farm. I doubt the cutting of forest to grow organic product is an image consumers have in mind. The problem is, the Peruvian organic coffee glut forces quality-oriented farmers within Peru and everywhere else too to accept lower prices for their crop in order to compete. And a farm that is trying to produce a truly excellent coffee in a conscientious way cannot compete with a larger quantity-oriented farm, whether its a co-op or not. Cup a supermarket organic Peru versus a high quality organic Peru and the differences are profound: not only do the cheap ones have little to no positive qualities, they also have defective taints in the cup, grassy, fermenty notes in particular. These are the hallmarks of unripe coffee cherry (poor picking and separation of fruit) and poor wet-milling standards. Anyway, this particular lot was the hands-down winner among the Perus this year to date. The dry fragrance was definitely sweet when I first smelled it, and the City+ roast I did was by far the sweetest; almonds in milk chocolate. In general, FC+, a few snaps into 2nd crack, was nice, chocolaty, but more one-dimensional. The wet aroma has heather-like flowers. At that magical roast level, City+, the cup has a fantastic milky chocolate, almonds, coconut. It's like a candy bar! There is a muted, clean fruit flavor; bosc pear, turning to (again) milk chocolate in the finish, with bittering hints of almond skins. It's balanced coffee, bound to be a crowd-pleaser!