CRANBERRY, DARK PLUM + FUJI APPLE
A bright and beautiful offering from our friends in the North of Peru at Coopbam. Grown organically by Salatiel Roncal de la Cruz, this coffee is our wonderful example of the quality potential in the Bongara province of Amazonas. Aromatics of cinnamon sugar and hints of floral apple, this coffee shows dynamic flavors of cranberry, dark plum, and fuji apple.
ORIGIN: Bongará Amazonas, Peru
ELEVATION: 1800 masl
VARIETY: Bourbon + Typica
PROCESS: Washed and dried on raised beds
TASTING NOTES: Cranberry, dark plum and Fuji apple
ROAST TYPE: Light
Within the Alto Mayo protected forest lies Coopbam, the association that drew
us into the North after years of exclusive work in the South. Alto Mayo, which spans the border between the San Martin and Amazonas departments of Northern Peru, is home to a huge cross-section of native Peruvian wildlife as well as some of the country’s last undiscovered coffee. We were initially brought into the area as part of the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative funded by Conservation International in an attempt to save the native coffee production, and we’ve never looked back.
In our first year, we bought 30-40 bags of solid coffee, nothing mind-bending, but we
came back, excited for a second year. As leader Hugo pushed further and further into the forest on the Amazonas side, the coffees got better and better. This area has a very special climate, with crisp cold nights and temperate days that are ideal for coffee production, as well as an abundance of old typica, caturra, and bourbon, working with the microclimate to produce a beautiful cup.
In Bongará, the harvest season begins in July and ends in October. The soil is replenished with Bokashi style fertilizer and prepared with food waste, coffee pulp, sugarcane stalks, microorganisms from fertile soils, and guano from the islands. After depulping, cherry is transferred into wooden basins to ferment on the same day. Once fermentation is completed, parchment is washed with clean water, then placed onto raised beds under a roofed structure with transparent sheeting.