Onyx Coffee Lab

Peru Maria Rojas

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Onyx Coffee Lab

Peru Maria Rojas

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About This Product

Our first Peruvian offering in a few years comes from the Cajamarca region of Peru. In the northwest corner of the region, lies the village of Huabal, where Maria Clarita Vasquez Rojas farms a beautiful lot of Caturra coffee. Notes of crisp apples and lingering, thick honey sweetness come through in the cup. This is the definition of a comfort coffee.

Coffee arrived sometime in Peru around the 1700’s. According the historical journals, coffee was mainly produced for local consumption, and it wasn’t until the 1900s that it started exporting to generate revenue. There farming is mostly done by small hold farmers in the area who work with cooperatives or by selling at markets in the city. About 60% of coffee production is Arabica. Recently, organic farming through massive consolidated cooperatives has taken the helm at coffee producing. Unfortunately, this has caused some larger roasters to view Peru as an inexpensive blending option for organic espresso. This creates a large buying power structure that can force small producers to join a coop or get lost in the shuffle. It can cut out premiums for quality and creates an almost absolute market for quantity. However, this trend has some good aspects as well. Organic farming in itself is a plus and helps create a higher floor for the price of coffee. There are quite a few producers still pushing the envelope on high-quality micro-lots. We personally don’t have relationships in Peru and have used boutique importers that specialize in Peruvian coffees. Our friends at Red Fox have been consistently finding great micro-lots from the area for the last few years, and we were extremely excited to pull the trigger on this lot from Maria Rojas.

  • Roast: Medium roast
  • Acidity: Medium
  • Body: Silky
  • Taste Notes: Apple, Dates, Honey, Tangerine, White Tea
  • Process: Washed
  • Origin: Peru
  • Varietal: Caturra
  • Altitude: 1,850 masl

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