PERU PEDRO GARCIA - ESPRESSO
Region: San Jose de Alto, San Francisco village
Variety: Bourbon & Caturra
Notes: Cherry, plum, chocolate mousse.
Pedro Garcia Diaz owns 4 hectares of land in the San Francisco village, located in the district of San Jose del Alto. Pedro grows bourbon, tabi, caturra and pache varieties. His farm produces 80 exportable bags of coffee per year. Although Pedro lives in the city, his family manages the farm. During the harvest season and when they prune and apply fertilizer, Pedro spends time on the farm. The coffee is selectively picked and then cherries are dried for 30 days in raised beds.
San Jose del Alto is an area with huge potential for quality coffee, located a 4-hour drive from Jaen. Some of the coffees from this area have a very distinct cup profile, full of complexity and bursting with floral notes. Unfortunately, the area is slightly isolated, with poor roads, and far from the city of Jaen. As a result, it has received very little investment, both in general and in terms of coffee production. This lack of investment means many farmers remain unassociated, and there isn't much of a presence from cooperatives or associations. As a result, coffee quality has remained low, and intermediaries rule the roost. While it is very challenging to work in San Jose del Alto, the quality potential and impact that can be made on producers make it worthwhile and one of the most exciting areas of Peru and Latin America.