Peru Mavila Peralta


Peru is one of the most exciting coffee producing countries in the world right now, with both loads of quality and tons of untapped potential. With the world’s second highest mountain range running North-South through the country, Peru has the altitude to continue producing great coffee in the face of global warming, the country has largely embraced organic farming practices, and as the coffee industry works to single out small farmers from the country’s tradition for large, regional lots, we’re tasting some true gems. This is year 2 for us showcasing Mavila Peralta's delicious coffee.

Each year, Huckleberry purchases a relatively large (for us, at least) amount of coffee from smallholder farmers in the village (or aldea) of Laurel, outside of Jaen. Aldea Laurel is a great coffee in its own right, and forms the backbone of Blue Orchid and Sound and Vision, but we also have the chance to taste coffee from some of the group’s best individual farmers.

This past year we were lucky enough to visit the Laurel community and Mavila, and after our first run with her coffee last year, it continues to impress. In comparison to the floral Yellow Caturra lot we have from Ulises Nayra, Mavila's coffee strikes a bit more comforting and expected - we’re tasting milk chocolate, caramel, plum, and golden delicious apple in our mugs. The fruit’s there, but it’s the backseat driver to the chocolate. 

We’re excited to work towards to the future with Mavila, the other farmers in Laurel, and Origin Coffee Lab, an exporter dedicated to transparency, farmer assistance, fair pricing, and full traceability. While great farm location, varieties, and farm practices are undeniably a huge factor, there’s always some level of chance when it comes to microlot-quality coffee. So it’s important to us to not just cherry-pick from the top, but also support growers at a level that’s a bit more attainable without the fortune of good luck. This is our ideal purchase model, and close to what we strive for in other origins like Guatemala: commit to buying coffee from a group of farmers at a level they can consistently attain, and showcase the gems. 

Mavila's coffee is just sweet and approachable, but complex enough to keep things interesting, and it's great to have this everyday drinker back for year 2.

*** For roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. *** 

📸: Mavila Peralta, courtesy Stan Slater of Origin Coffee Lab.

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