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.

Cenfrocafe Logo

Chasqui – this is a great coffee from a well know cooperative – Cenfrocafe. We’ve been enjoying this coffee for many years, and it’s one of our favorites. With a bright acidity and a nutty aftertaste with hints of oranges, this coffee is sure to please. We have committed to buying quite a few bags of this coffee, including some that is certified Fair Trade Organic.

Apu Gourmet – Also from Cenfrocafe, we’re purchasing 2,500 pounds. Most of this coffee is exported to Japan. We feel that it’s perhaps the best commercially available coffee in Peru.

Dago and Cesar Marin from Chacra D’dago

Chacra D’dago (Wet Processed) – We’re purchasing 5,000 pounds of this excellent water processed coffee. Certified biodynamic & produced using ancient agricultural methods in conjunction with a complete circle of composting & natural fertilizers, we’re pleased to be able to obtain some of this fine coffee.

Excellent in the cup with fruity overtones & a crisp acidity, it’s become a favorite now. We buy all Chacra D’dago directly from the Marin family.

For more about Chacra D’dago see our post here.

Natural Processed Coffee Beans Up Close

Chacra D’dago (Natural) – We have some limited quantities of this labor intensive, natural dried  (no water used) coffee. Each selectively picked coffee cherry is carefully fermented, and dried with full cherry. In the lab, this coffee had amazing blueberry & cherry tones. I wanted some immediately upon tasting it. Expensive, but worth it. Yum!

Chacra D’dago (Honey) – We have some limited quantities of this honey processed coffee. In the lab, this coffee had excellent fruity tones, and a sweet aftertaste. Yet another excellent coffee. Limited supply

Horst Gehrmann talks about his farm – Finca El Dorado Peru

Horst Honey, Finca El Dorado – A neighboring farmer of Chacra D’dago has been working hard to produce fine specialty coffee. We’ll have a micro-lot of this honey dried coffee. It also has excellent acidity & fruit overtones with just a hint of nuttiness.

We feel that supporting this grower will yield some fine coffee in the future & this type of relationship is exactly what we try to build. We’re pleased to support via direct market purchase, this outstanding coffee. For more on Finca El Dorado see here.

Three Level Solar Drying Facility – Fundo Santa Maria

Finca Santa Maria, Urbano Taype – This wonderful coffee is produced at high elevations (1,800 m – 5,900 feet) and is a dense bean, rich in flavor, and we’re pleased to have a micro-lot of about 1,500 lbs. Stay tuned for an upcoming article on this farm. Urbano is serious about quality, and it shows. A very happy “find” for us. For more info on this grower and coffee see here.

Curibamba Coffee Project

Materials for the solar coffee drying tents had arrived in Uchubamba when we were last there at the end of June. In addition to the tents that we have donated, Edegel is providing another 30 tents, so this year is a nice advance for the growers. We also donated some netting for coffee drying tables as well.

The coffee quality is also noticeably better than last year by at least a full point of cup quality, which is very significant. The work and education is paying off. Thanks for the support!

Here’s an update on the last series of workshops in the Curibamba Coffee Project including pictures of several previously installed solar drying tents. We had hoped to be able to film one as it was constructed this year, but timing and logistics didn’t work out. We need to be here in the “off season” when things are a little more relaxed, and the growers can make changes around their farms for the following season.

Coffee Fest Villa Rica

Monument to the Coffee Grower, Villa Rica Peru

We’re going to the annual Coffee Fest in Villa Rica this year. Photos & stories to follow. Villa Rica is along the Coffee Route, and is in a delightful & beautiful area. With a European influence on architecture due to the large number of German and Italian colonists who migrated here in the 19th & early 20th centuries, it has a unique feel and ambience.

Partner News

We’re in discussions with other direct market coffee importers in order to be able to provide coffees from all over the world. It’s going well! More news to follow…

Calling All Coffee Roasters!

Now is the time to stake your claim to this years limited coffee offering. Many of these micro lots will rapidly vanish when they arrive in September. For example, we only have 1,000 pounds of the natural Chacra D’dago, and already the demand is high.

In addition to bags of coffee for roasteries and coffee shops, we’ll be “breaking” and selling some smaller lots for the home and smaller roasters. (This is your chance to pick up what the big boys don’t have!)

Fresh from the fields, we’ve followed these coffees all the way from the field to our warehouse in Los Angeles. Your purchase helps small family coffee farmers. Thanks!

©2015 Ben Gangloff

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