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Sandia Valley Espresso


Notes Raspberry Jam, Custard, Dark Chocolate Varieties Caturra, Bourbon, Typica Elevation 1500-1800 masl Process Washed


Creamy and viscous with just a hint of brightness, this well balanced roast is an excellent expression of what the Sandia Valley in Puno, Peru has to offer. With Peruvian coffees reaching their peak of depth and clarity, it's a wonderful time to feature this lot as our rotating Single Origin Espresso


Within the massive Sandia Valley lie many smaller valleys, each hosting unique coffee-producing communities of smallholder farmers averaging just 2.5 hectares of coffee land, including Inambari, Tupac Amaru, and San Juan del Oro. Due to a UN-led replanting project in the 80s, much of Sandia Valley grows Bourbon-variety coffee, offering an elegant, floral, honeyed, and dynamically citric character, or, alternately, a rich, full-bodied, and incredibly sweet malic red apple or pear aspect. These coffees are entirely unique to Puno, distinct from what you’ll find in other regions of Peru, and offer something for every palate.

All of these farmers are small in terms of their landholding. The average farm size is 2.5 hectares with coffee trees as old as 8 years. Harvest period in Sandia, Puno is between July and September. They all use hand crank depulping machines, ferment in concrete tanks and wash in the same tanks. A few of them have channels for a density separation after washing. The climate can be rainy, also similar to Colombia, so many producers use parabolic beds for drying. The cooperative also offers drying services at their receiving stations meaning that they’ll dry coffee to proper moisture levels for the farmers.

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