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Peru Pacaybamba #4

by Carabello Coffee
Price $15.95

This coffee comes to us from a tiny valley called Pacaymamba, in an area called Incahuasi, inside the department of Convencion in Cusco, Peru.  It is the first coffee we have sourced through Red Fox Merchants, and we are really excited to offer it to you.  

Aleco, President of Red Fox, and his team are obsessed with finding high quality coffees, especially off the beaten path.  They have demonstrated a willingness to go where few others are interested, in order to discover something truly special and unique.  For example, click on this link to see just how in the middle of nowhere the farmers of this coffee live

In the past we have had only a few coffees from Peru - you may remember the Peru La Palma last year - a crowd favorite.  And each time we land one we are reminded of how enjoyable these high quality Peru coffees can be when done well.  

Here is what Aleco has to say about trekking into Pacaybamba:  

"No matter which way you approach it, the ride out to the valley is a daunting one. It’s 12 hours from the city of Cusco and maybe 9-10 hours from Andahuaylas. Incahuasi is right smack dab on the Cusco side of the borders of Ayacucho and Apurimac. Quillabamba is a 12+ hour drive over the Altiplano past the snow-capped peaks of Salkantay. Though the drive is grueling, the beauty is unparalleled. And the growing area is high — coffee farms begin sprouting out of the mountainsides around 1800 masl and rise to over 2200 masl. Caturra, Typica, and small patches of Bourbon cover the slopes outside the towns of San Fernando, Amaybamba, Cedrobamba, and Pacaybamba. The climate is incredibly dry, and solar radiation is as intense as anywhere we go this side of Harar."
"Pacaybamba is like a town from the old west. Horses and mules are tied up in front of buildings. Tumbleweeds scuttle across the dirt road, the only road. Cold beer does not exist. Unless you know Guayo, that is — the only guy in town with refrigeration."
"The coffees happen to be exquisite here. Pacaybamba has all of the altitude and enough shade to make for a very special growing environment. Most of the coffee from this zone is processed manually at the centralized mill in town. The process is clean and simple. Raised beds were introduced this year for a more gentle drying stage. The results have been delicious."
So go ahead and enjoy this one while we have it!  It is a rare find and a little higher priced because of that, but well worth it. 

In the Cup

We taste blackberry, sweet cola, dried cranberry and honey.  The acidity is nicely structured, and the body is very smooth and approachable, as you would expect from Peru.   A truly "All Day" drinking coffee.  

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