Peru Jaén Granjeros de Huabal
Crowd-pleasing, a balance of unrefined sugars, mild bittering tones and soft apple-like acidity. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate chip, almond paste, and hazelnut spread. Good for espresso.
Region: Huabal District, Jaén Province
Variety: Caturra, Bourbon, Typica
Altitude: ~1750 masl
Processing: Wet Process
Made up from coffees of several different farmers in Huabal District of Jaén Province, this 43 bag regional blend represents the coffees of many of the smallholders in this region. Altitude averages around 1750 meters and cultivars grown are typically Caturra, with some Typica and Bourbon mixed in. This is a fully washed coffee, wet processed by the farmers who then deliver their coffee in dry parchment (the green bean with the thin parchment layer still intact) to a warehouse in Cajamarca where it is graded and purchased. The group who set up this buying operation are working to register all the farmers they buy from in order to help isolate different quality tiers, but also be able to issue the initial payments and any quality premiums themselves, something that was lacking when they were buying through more traditional avenues. It doesn't help that the roads leading to Huabal and within the district are much more rustic than some of their neighbors, limiting access to farmers in this region.
Description from Coffee Shrub.