Expo Cafe Peru 2015 – 5th Anniversary

The 5th Expo Cafe Peru was recently held in Lima. Highlighting the finest coffees & chocolate of Peru, the event also seeks to promote specialty coffees in the Andean nation, where most of the best coffees are exported to Europe & the US.

Via Peru This Week:

The annual event held its fifth anniversary this past weekend, aiming to promote national chocolate and coffee producers.

In the streets of London, Lima features on the tip of many tongues. They are, however, not explicitly referring to the bustling metropolis overlooking the green waves of Costa Verde. They are alluding to the Peruvian restaurant in London which has thrilled gourmets at home and abroad.

The international, gastronomical footprint of Peru is growing without displaying any hint at coming to a halt. And observing the rise of culinary Peru from the outside, there are few reasons why the perceivable future would demand an end.

Peru’s diversity is a defining aspect of the Pacific nation. Above all, the food and drink stand as a testament to the impressive variety the country consist off. From ceviche and chifa to turrón and chicha morada, Peru’s gastronomical inventions are the blissful result of multicultural creativity and ingredients in abundance.

What’s the most expensive coffee in the world?

Bewilderingly enough, however, Peru has remained an absent name from the two consumables that large parts of the world would probably collapse without: namely chocolate and coffee. Read more

A Peruvian Adventure Honeymoon

A Peruvian Adventure Honeymoon

A recent article in the New York Times by New York Times writer Julie Baumgardner features the Peruvian  honeymoon of Helen Toomer and Eric Romano. The couple tasted exotic Peruvian cuisine, traveled the markets, and of course visited the iconic Machu Picchu.

We’re always pleased to see the growing interest in Peru. It really does offer spectacular scenery, wonderful culinary delights, and a culture that is refreshingly different.

From the New York Times:
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Peru aspires to join the select cocoa market

Via Gestion Peru:

Exports of fine aromatic cocoa from Peru have been growing at an annual rate of 22.5%, according to Jose Iturrios of Alliance Cacao Peru.

New opportunities in the international market for fine aromatic cocoa involve diversifying product supplier countries, and Peru aims to become one of the leading producers of this sector, but must keep up the competitive standards and quality in production, said José Iturrios, national director of the Alliance Cacao Peru.
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US Chocolate Made with Peruvian Cocoa Wins Awards

Peruvian Chocolate

While at the SCAA trade show recently, we sampled some exquisite chocolate from Theo Chocolate. While reading and translating news from Peru, I came across an article that talks about Theo Chocolate & their award winning chocolate made with Peruvian cocoa.

This year they won two more awards – Best New Product & Peoples Choice. What’s even more interesting is what I found out about the company…

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A Trip to the Chocolate Factory and a Startling Fact

 

Two of the things that we’ve always wanted to import are cocoa (cacao) & chocolate products such as nibs, and raw cocoa pasta. We have met many smaller and medium sized producers, and visited farms and seen the whole process from picking the beans, fermentation, drying, roasting, cleaning, mixing and finally to adding ingredients to form something marvelous to the tongue…

 

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Tarapoto – City of the Palms

 

We’re currently staying in Tarapoto (the City of the Palms,) which is a laid back medium sized city in a cloud forest region of Peru. One lure to this area is the vast amount of natural areas that surround Tarapoto in the region of San Martin.

One of those natural attractions is the cascading waterfalls at Ahuashiyacu. Considered by many to be the best falls overall, it’s certainly the closest, at just 14 km from Tarapoto.

 

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Holiday Reads: Some Great Links, Year in Review

Christmas 2014

Ahhh, 2014 is quickly coming to an end, and once again I wonder what happened to the year. It went by so fast.

Between watching world & financial events with open eyes & shuttling back and forth to Peru, I managed to accomplish a personal first, successfully importing over 3,600 pounds of specialty grade Peruvian coffee from the Chanchamayo region.

Now that really isn’t that much in the coffee world where the goal is to fill containers for shipping, each weighing 42,000 pounds, but for me it was quite an accomplishment to wade through the maze of customs regulations, not only in the US, but in Peru as well. It took quite a bit of time, and the jury is still out on how profitable it will be (if at all.)

It’s a little (actually a lot) of fear to overcome before moving ahead into the unknown. For years I had  been thinking that it would be an interesting business, that is providing high quality imported stuff to what I imagined to be eager buyers in the US. The problem was always that the sense of being generally clueless kept me at bay. I always thought about doing my taxes when I thought of Customs. Up there with getting a root canal.

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