Our Coffees Balcones Especial, Peru

Balcones Especial, Peru

Flavours

Red apple, Raspberry Jam, Sticky toffee

Quality Score ? Q-grading scores coffees out of 100, with scores of 80+ classed as "Speciality". Coffee Club coffees are all 84+, amongst the top 2% of coffee in the world.

Roast ? We hand-roast our coffees in batches to develop the natural flavours and aromas - dark roasts give richer, chocolatey notes, whereas lighter roasts allow fruity, zesty flavours to come through.

Light roast

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Unusually high body for a filter coffee, notice how it sticks to the wall of your cup, just like a good wine on a glass. Very sweet and crisp coffee reminiscent of red apple, plum and toffee. The lot we have selected is an “especial” preparation that represents about 10% of the summit of the crop. It is harvested from the highest elevations of Balcones, La Lima and Cordillera that produce the most exquisite quality. Because of the high elevation, this Fairtrade and Organic coffee ripens late in the season and is one of the last to be harvested.

Chirinos is a cooperative of smallholder coffee farmers in Amazonas, North Peru. They were founded in 1968 with just 36 members. They have now grown to over 390 farmers, 30% women, from several communities in Cajamarca region.

Post-harvest processing is undertaken by each smallholder, in small pulping machines, followed by a period of fermentation in lined tanks. Experimentation with different procedures enables farmers to craft and innovate to influence the cup quality they produce. Farmers have learned how each activity at the processing level, can influence the flavour attributes of their coffee. They receive feedback from the trained Q Graders at the co-operative cupping lab. We pay an additional quality premium to farmers producing this high scoring lot.

As this co-operative is also Fairtrade certified, a separate FLO premium paid to the co-operative by buyers has been invested in many projects, but most notable is a highly organized thoroughly researched organic composting system. This is comprised of nitrogen rich manure produced from guinea pigs, mixed with composted coffee cherry, cow manure and honey water from coffee processing. This is mixed with EM (Extra-ordinary Microorganism) to increase rate of decomposition. This organic compost facility is the powerhouse for successful organic crop production and is critical to ensure that farmers produce sustainable yields and continue to maintain soil in peak condition.

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