Peru La Convencion Peaberry
$17.00 – $88.00
This is a current crop peaberry nanolot that we’re really excited about. Last year, I received a phone call from an individual who explained he had been living and working with a handful of coffee farmers in the highlands of Cusco, Peru, and asked if I’d be interested in what they were producing. I was skeptical, as Speckled Ax receives more of these kinds of inquiries than you might imagine, and the majority of them are dead ends. But we had a nice conversation, and I asked him to keep in touch. Long story short: he sent me another email this fall, with detailed information on the handful of lots he was importing, and they sounded pretty good. I got pre-ship samples, and was impressed. We ended up purchasing portions of two lots, and the entire production of peaberry–about a hundred pounds–from the farmers whose coffee he was bringing in.
Peaberry is, technically, a coffee mutation. Approximately 1 in 20 coffee cherries produce only one small, round seed instead of the twin “flat beans” that we all know and love. How do you get an entire lot of peaberry? You take it out of the main lot. This is done with screens, with a hole size that, when shaken beneath the green coffee, allows only the smallest beans–peaberries–to pass through. This tiny lot represents the entire peaberry yield of about 8 very small producers, including Pablo Champi, whose coffee we featured here previously.
In the cup? Delightful. Most Peruvian coffee is cheap, kind of dry tasting and pretty mediocre. This coffee has a tasty malt and light chocolate base, but is also crisp, with yellow and green notes on top, along with mild red fruit in the mid-palate. It’s a crowd pleasing profile with lots of nuance for the geeks.
Producer: 8 small producers
Location: La Convencion, Cusco
Elevation: 1700-2400 MASL
Varietal: red and yellow bourbon, typica
Process: washed, patio dried