US is Largest Consumer of Peruvian Quinoa

 

The Lima Chamber of Commerce recorded a six-fold expansion of the crop. (Photo: Andina/Melina Mejia)

6 Fold Increase in Production

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Growth in the quinoa market increased from 8 new markets in 2013 to 18 new markets in 2014. These markets include major importers such as Poland, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, China, and later Malaysia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Romania and Portugal in 2014.

According to Carlos Garcia, manager of CCEX, the main market for Peruvian quinoa above all is the United States.

Of the varieties of quinoa, white quinoa is the most commonly exported making up 85%, followed by red quinoa at 10%.

In 2014, quinoa finished fourth in major agricultural products exported after grapes, asparagus, and avocados.
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More Uncertainty for the Peruvian Economy

 

Depending on who you talk to or read these days, the Peruvian economy is robust, or slowing. While officials remain upbeat & expect economic growth to be close to 5%, they missed the mark by nearly half last year. (see Why the Peruvian Economy Matters to the World) While the continued decline of the Sol vs the USD is supportive of export growth, the fact that 50% of all debt in Peru is denominated in dollars will offset any gains from a lower national currency.

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Torrential Rains & Mudslides Continue to Plague Peru

Mudslides in Various Parts of Peru (photo: El Comercio)

 

While in the northeast US tremendous cold & snowfall have left millions longing for Spring, torrential rains have left much destruction & misery in the rainforest areas of Peru this summer. This year has been a year of climate extremes and records.

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Real People, Really Good Coffee (Update February 2015)

It’s an exciting time for wanna be coffee importers. After successfully overcoming myriad obstacles, Yrma & I managed to get our coffee from the central rainforest of Peru to the Port of Callao in Lima, Peru, then on to Long Beach (where we encountered first hand what happens when there’s a longshoreman work slowdown,) from there to northwest Arizona & to select coffee shops in Kingman, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.
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Massive Flooding in the Peruvian Rain Forest

Musician – Lima, Peru

 

The weather is different for us this year in northwest Arizona. While we could be having rain or cold temps, we’re instead seeing an advanced Spring & near record temperatures. Our friends in the northeast and Midwest are buried in snow, and our friends in the rainforest of central & northern Peru are suffering torrential rains, landslides and even communities trapped due to flooding or roadways blocked by landslide debris and dirt.

The Province of San Martin has declared a state of emergency, one whole village wants to relocate to higher ground, and the people of the port city of Yurimaguas have been unable to leave via land because the main road is blocked.
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Recipe: Want a cremolada to beat the heat? Learn how to prepare it! – Peru this Week

 

Recently, a family member started preparing cremoladas in Tarapoto, Peru. Cremoladas are what we would call fruit smoothies. The best part of a Peruvian cremolada is the amazing fruits that are available. Very delicious! Here’s an article about a cremolada shop in Miraflores.

I realize for many in the US today, the thought of icy cold drinks may not be appealing. Think summer!
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Peruvian documentary to be featured in Iquique film festival

For film and ceramics buffs here’s an article from Peru This Week:

Peruvian documentary to be featured in Iquique film festival

Peruvian documentary “Pucara: Hacedores de Ceramica” (Ceramic Makers) will be featured in the Iquique International Film Festival’s 7th edition in Chile starting this weekend.

 

 

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5 Must See Natural Areas in Peru for 2015

Between meeting with potential green coffee clients, roasting coffee, and hosting family in town, it’s been a busy week. Here’s an article I thought you might enjoy.

Here’s the top 5 must see areas in Peru for your 2015 trip:

From Peru this Week:
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