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Rio Blanco

Overview

Notes Champagne, rhubarb, marzipan Varieties Bourbon, caturra, catimor Elevation 1600-1800 masl Process Washed
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Description

Peru is a pillar of our sourcing program at Variety, and this year we are proud to present the amazing work of a new producer group based near Cajamarca and close to the Ecuadoran border, Rio Blanco. These lots present profiles that remind us of our favorite Colombian coffees, with a complex brightness and distinctive structure to balance.






Background

Rio Blanco is a new producer group led by Ismael Alarcon and sixteen other farmers located on the banks of the Rio Blanco river in Tabacones Namballe National Sanctuary. Ismael organized Rio Blanco focusing on helping smallholder producers get the best possible price for coffee through quality improvements. Several community projects have been implemented, such as developing organic fertilizers utilizing local materials and empowering producers through offering land management practices. Long term sustainability offers a path to long term profitability for small holders.

With high elevations, diverse microclimates, high quality soil, and varieties of Caturra, Bourbon, and Catimor, coffees from Rio Blanco offer a range of flavors from candied apple, tart cherry, and tropical fruits to a honeyed sweetness, complex florals, and a champagne-like sparkle. Ismael began his profession nearly twelve years ago and has been surrounded by coffee production his whole life. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer some of the finest and most unique coffees that Cajamarca has to offer, and to spread the word about this exciting new group in Northern Peru.

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