Peru – Rioja washed

 15.05 90.40

Country: Peru
Region: Perlamayo, Huabal
Farm: El Perlamayo
Altitude: 1800 – 1900 masl
Variety: Caturra
Processing: washed
Taste profile: gooseberry, linden blossom, panela

At the El Perlamayo farm, the Rioja family faces challenging conditions related to climate change. However, thanks to their dedicated and meticulous work and innovative approach to agriculture, they can still produce high-quality coffee. We were particularly impressed by their washed Caturra coffee, which features a beautifully balanced flavor with pleasant fruity acidity and a finish reminiscent of dried cane juice.


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PRODUCER

The Rioja family runs a coffee farm called El Perlamayo. The 2-hectare farm is located at an altitude of 1900 meters above sea level. The effects of climate change and fluctuating temperatures are becoming more apparent at this elevation. Droughts are occurring more frequently, posing a risk to coffee production. The Rioja family is working to address this situation. To mitigate the impacts of climate change, they have installed shade trees throughout the farm to help regulate temperature. They have also focused on effective irrigation and soil quality. They are achieving these goals by building proper drainage and regularly applying organic fertilizers.

PROCESSING

The harvest here takes place annually from June to October. After picking, the coffee cherries are allowed to rest. This is followed by pulping and soaking in water for 24 hours. The washed coffee beans are then moved to raised beds, slowly sun-dried for approximately 20 days. Once the moisture content reaches ideal levels, the coffee is prepared for storage and transported to Falcon’s warehouse in Jaen for quality inspection.

VARIETY

Caturra is one of the most well-known and widespread coffee varieties. It is a mutation of the Bourbon variety discovered in Brazil. Caturra is known for its high yield and good flavor quality. This variety is popular among farmers for its ability to grow quickly and well, increasing harvest efficiency.


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