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Peru Alejandro Yucra

Huckleberry Roasters

Sweet and approachable, but with a kick of fruity brightness, Alejandro Yucra represents what we love from the best Latin American coffees.  This coffee is both a perfect example of the comforting flavors that we expect from coffee - hazelnut, milk chocolate, almond - as well as a bit of juicy blackberry and apple that sets it apart from just another solid Peruvian coffee.  This is our second year roasting Señor Yucra's coffee, and we've been eagerly waiting for this to land in the US for a few months now.

Most of the Peruvian coffees we drink here in the US come from Northern Peru, specifically the Cajamarca province.  These coffees can be delicious, but the southern mountains of country also boast amazing coffee growing conditions, if you're willing to put in a bit of work.  That's where our friends at Red Fox Coffee Merchants come in.  Aleco Chigounis and Tibed Yujra work hand in hand to find the best coffees in the Puno and Cusco regions, which are a bit less accessible, have fewer roads, and where farmers often have to hike miles with their coffee to simply bring it to market.

Alejandro Chacon Yucra is one of these farmers in Cusco.  High altitudes and careful drying are two of many ingredients for great coffee, and Señor Yucra has both in spades.  His typica and bourbon trees sit at 2100 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest farms in our coffee lineup.  And though it may seem like a boring detail, Señor Yucra has undergone the extra effort to build raised and covered drying beds, which slows down the drying process and helps improve his coffee's quality.  The result is an amazing cup - subtle apple and blackberry, with a chocolaty, nutty sweetness (think Nutella) that drinks easy every morning. 

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