Peru - Maria Esther 250g Coffee Beans
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Varieties - Typica, Yellow Caturra,
Altitude - 1900 masl.
Processes - washed
Roast profile - Light
Flavor profile - Clean elegant with citric notes
Maria Esther, born and raised in Santa Maria, raised 3 children together with her husband Edgar. She is known for being entrepreneurial. And she is always looking for new opportunities, never shying away from hard work.
Together with her husband she takes care of the farm but it is Maria who takes the lead in specialty coffee cultivation. She was the one who initially started and the one who continuous developing it. It got her excited, and for her it adds an extra dimension to her work. Not just financially but also experientially and from an educational perspective.
Her goal for 2020 is to partake in the Cup of Excellence together with the help of Aroma del Valle, a cooperative where she is a member of. The village Santa Maria is located in the Amoju Cuenca (river valley) in the Jaén district, only one hour and forty minutes from the city of Jaén.
It’s an important place for biodiversity, just at a stone’s throw away from “Bosque del señor Huamantanga“ (forest from lord Huamantanga), a protected forest area with a diversity of flora and fauna. It is known for its Romerillo, Cedar and Cascarilla trees. If you visit the area, you might come across small animals such as squirrels, foxes, and majas (lowland pacas), or big ones like the Andean bear. The most flamboyant though is the Andean cock-of-the-rock, often regard as Peru’s national bird.
Santa Maria wasn’t always a coffee producing region. People used to raise cattle and grow potato before. And you would find coffee only in small quantities. People did not perceive the climate as being suitable for commercial coffee production (and maybe it wasn’t either). The temperatures are relatively cold, even nowadays, with average night temperatures of 14 degrees Celsius and 18 degrees at daytime. It is very humid and often clouded.
Nonetheless, due to climate changes and the growing demand for specific profiles by specialty coffee consumers, people started to see potential in the area as being very interesting for high quality coffees. And more people have started to grow varieties for specialty production. Approximately 45% of the people still dedicate their lives to raising cattle. And besides coffee production you’ll see a lot producers growing potato, maize and cassava.