Peru Cusco Fabiana Dueñas Llacta
Excited to introduce the new washed Peru we bought from Red Fox Coffee Merchants, only 5 bags were available when we got samples, but right after reading the story and cupping the sample roast, we bought them right away. I highly recommend using Chemex as a brewing method for it as it carries a unique acidity of red grapes and floral hints of prickly pear, that together results in a delicious rosewater body. When the cup cools down in the mug, the coffee expresses a rose perfume aroma and dark honey notes, keeping the grape texture through the cup with hints of red fruits such as raspberry. It is not meant to have rich sweetness, but a nice complex acidity of red fruits and hints of rosewater.
From Yanatile Valley in the Department of Cusco, South Peru, Valle Inca Coop functions as a producer group under the supervision of Predencio Vargas Saenz, who used to be an agricultural loan officer and running Valle Inca informally past few years, he eventually formalized the group this year and gained a Fair Trade certification and ability to export on his own, known for his honesty, trustworthiness, dedication, and drive to invest and reinvest in his community, genuinely engaging their goals and concerns, Predencio also buys parchment from farmers, reinvesting premiums in the community’s infrastructure to help them continue to enhance quality. He pays higher prices than farmers had access to before the founding of Valle Inca, which has helped to improve quality as well as overall community health over time. Leaders like Prudencio are rare, and the quality of the connection between leadership and producer shines through in the cup. At their best, coffees from Valle Inca display elegant honeyed florals, crisp red apple, and a pleasant tannic quality like oolong tea.
Fabiana Dueñas, one of 101 farmers of Coop, is a young and passionate coffee producer born in the coffee-producing district of Hynapata in 1990, with only 5 hectares dedicated to coffee production where she grows Typica and Pache varieties among with shade trees like Albizia and Pacay, she wishes to obtain national and international recognition in the future and her coffee speaks for itself.
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