Tasting Notes: Light body, medium acidity, with flavors of chocolate, brown spice, green apple, and lemon.
Region: Cajamarca, Junin and San Martin
Farm: Volcafe Organic - Cadena Centro
Altitude: 1200 - 1500 meters above sea level
Background: From our importer:
Our Organic Chasqui coffee is a collection of lots from around Peru that, like its namesake, are the best of the best. Coffee cherries were harvested during the June - October harvest. The cherries were machine cleaned and processed. After the coffee was dried it was sorted by color and density to ensure that only the best beans remained.
The Center Regions used to be the largest, in terms of coffee volume, but that dropped dramatically after the leaf rust crisis in 2013. Since the crisis, San Martín and Cajamarca have been expanding again, in both productivity and new planted areas.
The chasquis were the messengers of the Inca empire — the fittest and most highly trained individuals; the best of the best. They would not only run messages across great distances and topographies, but could also read and translate and helped to keep order.