This is a perfectly clean, succulently sweet coffee with great balance. The acidity is subtle; elegant. Its like the perfectly stitched seam that binds a fine garment together. Puno Lot #33 is a refreshing coffee. The acidity is more malic in nature like a red apple. I can't stress enough how clean the flavor is. City is ideal.
Puno is one of the coffee world's best kept secrets. Primarily because Peru seems to be a neglected origin by coffee buyers. But even the ones who do make the effort rarely have enough gas in the tank to make it out to the far reaches of coffee country that borders Bolivia. Its roughly a 14 hour trip from Juliaca out to the producing zone by bus. Coffee grows at great altitude in Puno with a lot of the terrain sitting perched over 2,000 meters above sea level. Typica is still the varietal of choice with a very small amount of Caturra and Catimor mixed in. Puno coffee farmers, and Peru in general, use great shading. These farmers are small holders meaning that there farms are tiny compared to those in much of Central America. 1 to 2 hectares of production is commonplace. Farmers are processing their own fruit manually on hand crank depulping machines, fermenting in small tanks, washing in the same tanks and then taking their parchment down the mountain to community drying patios owned by the cooperative. This is a blend of high-scoring selections we made from small-holder farmer lots designated #11, #15, #24, #31, #33. We instruct the blending of these lots when the coffee is dry-milled in Peru, based on region and flavor-profile. We think this Puno-region mix worked out really well.
The fragrance of the dry grinds is sweet like cacao, fresh butter and ripe dark fruits reminiscent of plum. The crust had intense sweetness like chocolate cake and even raw, pipe tobacco. Red berries jump from the break along with other bright fruits. The cup is one that falls into the "approachable" category for me. Don't take that as a slight on this coffee in the least. This is a perfectly clean, succulently sweet coffee with great balance. The acidity is subtle; elegant. Its like the perfectly stitched seam that binds a fine garment together. Puno Lot #33 is a refreshing coffee. The acidity is more malic in nature like a red apple. I can't stress enough how clean the flavor is. Its without any edge. It a seamlessly clean coffee that is versatile enough to work well from a lighter roast standpoint on through full city. The darker you go the more tannins you'll develop and in this case it comes across as walnut and even walnut skins.