Real People, Really Good Coffee, Update August 2015

Update 09/12: The coffee has passed FDA inspection, it should clear Customs in the next few days! 

In this post see the 2015 coffee lineup!

At this writing we’re waiting for the coffee to be loaded into a container & sent to Peruvian Customs. Just a few more hurdles & it should be on it’s way to your cup. (yes!)

The time has flown by, and at last we can look back and realize that we’ve accomplished our goal, which was to find excellent coffee & buy as much as possible direct from the grower. There are only so many things that a class or school can teach about importing coffee. Ultimately, you just have to do it, and roll with the punches as they come.

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Is Peru Firing Shots in the Currency Wars?

The Peruvian Sol

In today’s Gestion is an article regarding comments by Eduardo Amorrortu of Peru’s Association of Exporters, who says the Peruvian Sol needs to fall further in order to remain competitive.

While Brazil and Columbia currencies have fallen considerably more than Peru (Brazil 2.66 vs dollar at the beginning of the year- now 3.51, Columbia then 2377.50 – now 2960.89, both had fallen double digits before as well.)

The Peruvian Sol started the year at 2.985 vs the dollar (at this writing 3.23, having fallen even more since the China devaluation.)

As each exporting nation seeks to gain an advantage (which ultimately no one can,) China has fired the latest salvo in the recent devaluation, but already there are calls to respond:
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Coffee Festival Villa Rica Peru 2015

 

We were fortunate to be in Villa Rica for the 45th Annual Coffee Festival this year. Running from July 18th through the 28th, this festival not only spotlights coffee, but features a marathon, daily tours of local coffee farms, music, and delicious foods at an ongoing Gastronomic Fair aptly named “With the Flavor of Coffee.”

The festival offers a chance to meet with local producers, learn more about everything coffee, and sample many fine local javas. The municipality of Villa Rica had a display showing the various phases of coffee growth from seedling on, as well as a collection of various types of coffee plants, where one can see the difference between each variety.
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A Little Further South Now on Facebook!

Red Coffee Cherries

 

Although I set up a Facebook page for A Little Further South some weeks ago, I just recently got around to installing “like” buttons on the site. You’ll now notice the Fb button on every page. Feel free to tell all your friends. Thanks for your support of direct market coffee!

New York to host “Peru Show” gastronomy and fashion event

Peru continues to make culinary news around the world. Here’s the latest :

Via : Peru this Week

Chelsea Market of New York is opening its doors to Peruvian flavors and fashion.

Peru Show is hosting seven days of Peruvian fashion, cuisine and cocktails in Chelsea Market, New York, from July 27 until Aug. 2. Chelsea Market is an enclosed urban food market, located in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan, New York. And its about to be transformed into a haven for fanatics of everything that is Peruvian.

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Actor from ‘Lost’ Recently Participated in a Condor release in Huarochirí, Peru

Came across this one: Via El Comercio Peru (Google translate with authors corrections for clarity)

Staff of the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) released a condor in Huarochiri, which is in the highlands of Lima. Dominic Monaghan, actor of the ‘Lostseries and ‘The Lord of the Ringsaccompanied the team of the institution as part of the recordings for their series of documentaries about wildlife ‘Wild Things’.

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Real People, Really Good Coffee Update July 2015

Here’s the final 2015 Coffee lineup:

It’s all happening right now! We’ll be traveling back to Villa Rica for the final peeling, cleaning, weighing & rebagging of the coffee for export this week. From there, it’s off to Lima and Customs before shipping to LA.

Curibamba – This is year three of the Curibamba Coffee Project, and we’re seeing wonderful results from the growers. We should end up with about 1,400 pounds. A bright acidity with light fruit & herbal overtones, plus a hint of nuts.

This is the coffee that launched our company – A Little Further South. Your purchase helps support small family farmers as we buy this coffee directly from the producers. More Than Fair Certified.
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