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Peru Pablo Champi


This is a new crop nanolot that we’re really excited about, and will disappear in a few weeks. Two years ago 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 did, and the coffee was great.

This lot comes from Pablo Champi and Jesusa Policarpa. Their farm, Rak’iraqayoq, sits between 2300 and 2400 meters, making it quite literally one of the highest specialty coffee farms in all of the Americas, if not the world.  This was our favorite Peru delivery last year, and this year’s crop is really nice as well. It’s a balanced, crowd pleasing cup, with crisp acidity, milk chocolate and mild tropical fruits that seem more pronounced unfiltered brew methods.

The premiums we pay for this coffee have allowed Pablo and Jesusa to continue investment in their farm. This year’s improvements included covered raised beds, which improved coffee drying and should result in better green coffee stability. We look forward to continued work with these coffee producers.

Producer: Pablo Champi
Location: La Convencion, Cusco
Elevation: 2300-2400 MASL
Varietal: red and yellow bourbon, typica and caturra
Process: washed, patio and raised bed dried



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