February 22, 2018 2 min read

Peruvian Coffee

Coffee from Peru Steps into the Limelight

The Cup of Excellence (COE)has had a significant impactonthechangethat has helped with advancement for growers in every country thatit operates,andforever alters thedirection of both individual farmers and entire regions. There are 117 competitions conducted and 2,975 lots of coffee auctioned, the programis consideredthe premierglobalcoffee competition in theworld andattracts an internationalaudience of coffee buyersanxiousfor access to exceptional quality.

The COEpresents a mechanism for discovering hidden talent and enabling coffee producers‚ÄĒregardless of the resources they possess or lack‚ÄĒto seize the opportunity and catapult themselves onto the grandest of stages. It is a powerful magnet that pulls together coffee farmers and coffee roasters who, once connected, realize how much they can helpeach other.

The Cup of Excellence in Peru

This year, Cup of Excellence arrived in Peru.Some coffee regions are so loaded with dormant potential their awakening unleashes a cascade of positive energy that alters the landscape around them. Peru is such a place and coffee from Peru is delicious.

There are over 120,000 growers cultivating Peruvian Coffee on the slopes of a massive stretchofthetowering Andes mountain range covering nearly 20 degrees of latitude. Consider that most of Peruvian Coffee is produced by coffee farmers with minimal access to technical assistance and without much financial incentive to invest in quality, yet these Peruvian Coffees are sometimes so laden with a sweetness that they make the sugarcane jealous.

Peru has the ingredients to become a world leader in coffee quality. Extreme altitudes, rich soils,and favorable climate conditions? Check. An abundance of heirloom varieties known for their exquisite taste attributes? Check. Motivated farmers with a desire to connect to the specialty market? Check this one twice and underline it.

After nearly seven years spent laying the groundwork to bring the Cup of Excellence to Peru,COEhas started a new chapter, providing a platform for Peruvian coffee farmers to showcase the spectacular quality coffee beans from Peru they have been producing in relative obscurity. 

Over 300 coffees from all of Peru’s nine different regions were submitted. From September 11th to 15th, 2017, international judges from 10 countries assessed the top coffees from Peru that passed through a rigorous screening from pre-selection to the national jury stage. By the time the competition ended, more than 9,000 individual cups of Peruvian coffee were sampled. The very best coffee entered in the competition will proceed to an online global auction in November.

Enjoy a cup of delicious Weaver's lively Peru Coffee, a medium-bodied coffee with a tangy fruit finish, that has been hand-crafted to realize its complete flavor potential.

Source:DANIEL, DARRIN, and WATTS, GEOFF  (October 31, 2017).Peru Steps into the Limelight.SCA News. sustainability@sca.coffee

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