Washed and naturals sourced via producers, cooperatives, & suppliers driven by the specialty coffee market.

We have been sourcing from Peru since 2018. By partnering with young exporters and cooperatives who are focused on promoting the specialty segment, our aim is to incentivise producers to further the quality of their production, ensuring full traceability, and offering solid premiums to small farming communities. Through quality oriented programs, our partners are focused on training smallholders to establish proper farming and processing protocols, rewarding them for their investments.

Harvesting season

May – October

Arrival times

October – December

Quantities

3 - 60 bag lots

Packaging

69 kg bags

Cultivars

Bourbon, Caturra, Pache, Catuaí, Marshell

Processes

Mostly washed, processing is done on the farms in micro-mills. Mainly dry fermented in small wood or concrete tanks. Some naturals & anaerobics.

Flavour profiles

Chunky, jammy fruit, or tealike, elegant, yellow fruit, & floral.

Usage

Can be used for everything from complex filter brews to rich, sweet, and creamy espressos.

Shelf life

Normally holds up well for 9 months to a year. We can never guarantee more than 6 months after arrival for any coffees.

Sourcing

We source from the northern regions of Peru, including Jaen, Lonya Grande, Amazonas, and San Ignacio in Cajamarca, concentrating on both community lots and microlots.

When we encounter high-quality coffees with a sufficient volume, we aim to separate them as microlots and sell them under the name of the individual producer. On the other hand, if individual, high-quality lots are produced in small volumes — not enough to be separated as microlots (such as 3 bags or less), we use the opportunity to create community lots or value-added blends. These blends are traceable, curated based on the micro-region, community origin, picking time, and flavour profiles of the contributing farmers.

A farmer's coffee can often contribute to both microlots and community lots. This is impactful for each producer, as we can buy more from a specific producer, while it also allows us to curate a large selection of coffee from the same micro-region.

However, the challenge for farmers in Peru is the tendency for most high-quality coffees to end up in large, regional blends sold at very low prices. This compromises the financial viability of quality cultivation, dissuading many producers from investing in quality.

Despite these challenges, forward-thinking cooperatives and young exporters in Peru are leading the development of the specialty coffee segment. By implementing quality programs to enhance cup quality, they ensure financial rewards for producers' investments. Our focus aligns with partnering with such organisations, including Cedros, Origin Coffee Lab, Aromas del Valle, and Norcafe. Through collaboration, we ensure that farmers receive high premiums for the production of both microlots and community lots.

Our commitment to quality is reflected in the premiums we offer, which are significantly higher than the local price. Despite the premium pricing, we firmly believe that our coffees offer exceptional value for their quality.

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A step-by-step overview

Quality

Peru holds immense potential for quality coffee, though it's often associated with certified coffees sold at low prices. To promote quality in this region, we collaborate with suppliers focused on quality programs, traceability, and fair premiums for producers. While many Peruvian producers prioritise organic certification, this alone doesn't guarantee high-quality coffee. Our role involves encouraging producers to prioritise cup quality alongside certification requirements, aiming for gradual improvement. We source coffees with jammy fruit, perfumed florals, and excellent structure and complexity. We select microlots and create blends from the same communities, ensuring quality despite smaller lot sizes.

Transparency

We consistently offer high premiums for quality, well surpassing local prices, yet our coffees remain exceptionally good value for their quality. For coffees meeting our quality standards in terms of humidity, water activity, and scoring a minimum of 85, we establish a base price that exceeds the average market price per quintal. Coffees scoring above 87 and with adequate volume for a microlot receive an additional premium per quintal after contracting and exportation.

Impact

Consistency in returning to the same producers annually is crucial for fostering trust and stability in our professional relationships. Alongside fair pricing, prompt and reliable payment is equally important, as many producers heavily rely on coffee for their income. This enables them to reinvest in their operations, benefiting their livelihoods and the quality of their products.

When undertaking new projects and introducing them to the market, we must consider their feasibility and economic viability for producers. This responsibility starts with choosing dependable partners at origin. We work with specific cooperatives and exporters who actively promote specialty coffee, offering quality programs and financial incentives to producers. 

As demand for specific coffee types rises, it's essential to communicate these preferences transparently to producers and ensure that any changes in their operations bring tangible benefits. For instance, producing naturals offers increased product differentiation and economic potential for producers as they refine their processing methods and infrastructure. However, we must always consider the long-term feasibility and economic viability for the producer and ensure that such an investment will bring value.

About the origin

There are ten growing regions in Peru. The regions we see with most potential for quality are Cajamarca and Amazonas in the North, Junin in what they call the Central Jungle, and Cusco and Puno in the South. Cajamarca is the biggest producing region. Here, you can find farms at altitudes above 2000 masl. Higher is not always better, as there are plenty of great coffees being grown at 1600 masl, and you can find incredible lots at even lower elevations. 

Some say that coffee growing in Peru started in the Central Jungle, while others say it began in the North. Growers of German and Italian descent started farming coffee in the 1800’s. Many of the growers currently working in the Cajamarca came from the Piura region in the West, in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Until recently, a lot of focus has been placed on certification; be it organic, Fairtrade or UTZ. Coffees are still mainly sold in bigger chunks of commercial and high commercial qualities, up to 84 points, at really low prices. For many, this is unsustainable. In Puno, for example, production has dropped from 180000 bags to 8000 bags because of leaf rust and the low C-price. Several cooperatives went bankrupt, and many coffee producers switched to coca production. It is more profitable and easier to grow, while buyers are always ready to purchase it for cocaine production.

Farmers are typically smallholders with around 2-5 hectares of farmland. Coffees are usually processed at small micro mills on the farm. Farmers deliver parchment to exporters or cooperatives who cup and grade the coffee, dry mill and export green coffee.

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Contact us

Want to know more? Talk with our experts.

Joanne Berry
Head of Sourcing & Procurement
Juan Suarez
Green Coffee Buyer & Quality Coordinator
Morten Wennersgaard
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Rory Rosenberg
Green Coffee Buyer & Sales Representative
Espen Stokkan-Smith
Lab Manager

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