Producer: Luis Pintado
Bourbon, Caturra, & Pache
On Farm Processing: Dry Fermented, Washed, Dried on Covered Raised Beds
Alto Ihuamaca, Cajamarca
About the Producer
Luis Pintado’s farm, El Eucalipto, is located in the village Alto Ihuamaca, Peru, near the border of Ecuador. He is only 22 years old and collaborates with his dad Silvio, and three uncles - Percy, Jeffrey, and Dionisio - in the family business. They manage several farms collectively and have managed to produce some of the most stunning coffee in the whole country. This particular farm is just under 5 acres in size and was originally planted in 2016.
This is another fantastic lot from our friends Jose Rivera and Alex Huilca at Origin Coffee Lab. We have been working with Origin for three years and they continue to create dynamic partnerships with individual producers and families like the Pintados. They offer technical assistance and on the ground while also serving as a liaison between international buyers like Wonderstate, and the growing web of top quality coffee producers in Northern Peru.
About the Coffee
The farm is located at 1820 meters with the harvest running between July and September, during which time Luis hires three to four pickers. He has a small washing station where he processes the coffee. The coffee is dry fermented for about 30-40 hours before it is washed, rinsed, and then sun-dried on covered beds with shaded tarps near Luis' home. The extended fermentation time adds sweetness and some fruitiness that is quite unique to coffee profiles in Northern Peru. Drying takes about 12-20 days on average. Luis has planted three traditional varieties that are becoming increasingly rare in Peru: Caturra, Bourbon and Pache.
Why We Love it
Honestly, this is one of the best coffees from Peru that has ever landed on our menu. The range of fruit tones is surprisingly complex and gratifying. The cup begins with notes of purple grape, moving towards the juiciness of a kiwi and finishing with the soft, piquant acidity of a crisp, green apple. Coffees like this keep us inspired and grateful to be working with dedicated farmers like Luis and his uncles. We hope this is the beginning of a new relationship.
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