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Rio Blanco - Organic


Notes Plum jam, honeydew, key lime pie Varieties Bourbon, caturra, catimor Elevation 1600-1800 masl Process Washed


Peru is a pillar of our sourcing program at Variety, and we are proud to present the amazing work of the Rio Blanco producer group for a second consecutive season. These lots present profiles that remind us of our favorite Colombian coffees, with a complex brightness, layers of fruit notes, and distinctive structure to balance.


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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