ISAAC RIOJA, Peru syrupy, blackcurrant wine gums, plum, caramel

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ISAAC RIOJA, Peru syrupy, blackcurrant wine gums, plum, caramel

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Producer: Isaac Rioja Tarrillo

Region: Huabal, Peru
Altitude: 1800 masl

Varietal: Caturra, Bourbon
Process: Selectively picked, Fully washed

Cup profile: Syrupy, blackcurrant wine gums, plum, caramel

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As an origin, Peru has all the conditions necessary to produce world-class coffee: concentrated volumes of coffee growing at and above 1700 masl, a prominence of Typica, Bourbon, and Caturra, and a movement among the producing population, away from subsidence-farming, and into seeing quality coffee production as a viable business.

Isaac Rioja Tarrillo is the owner of a small 1 hectare farm in the village of Santa Rosa in Huabal. The farm sits at around 1800 masl and is planted with Caturra and Bourbon. Even though he had heard plenty of stories about how leaf rust would come and destroy his farm and he would be helpless, Isaac is still maintaining his pure arabica varieties for their exceptional cup quality potential.

Isaac had been selling his coffee locally to a buyer in his village, at low prices, and had been searching for an alternative for years, since he wasn’t covering his cost of production and hadn’t invested in his farm for a long time. He recently attended a meeting with our importing partner Falcon in Santa Rosa and was determined to do what he could to improve the quality of his coffee. Since he did all of his own picking, processing and drying he was able to control everything and made an effort to pick selectively as advised. The results were phenomenal and he has greatly improved the quality of his coffee. He is now helping his neighbours to do the same and  has brought many of them along to farmer training sessions and meetings with the Falcon field team.

This lot is almost all of Isaac’s production for the year, and with the quality premiums he received, which amounted to more than double what he was paid on average last year, he has already invested in equipment to make his own compost and organic fertilisers.