Autumn falls, and tons of new coffees arrive at 32cup! Come cup our new arrivals from Brazil, as well teasers from our upcoming Peruvian and Colombian microlots. An entirely South American coffee themed cupping on this undoubtedly glorious Wednesday morning!
At this cupping we will present two new selections, next to favourites from previous years:
- Peruvian microlots from Rutas del Inca cooperative, and others!
- single producer lots from Colombia’s westernmost department: Nariño
- more from Colombia: the long-awaited new coffees of Hacienda San Alberto! We have bought his entire export production, so 32cup will be your only source for San Alberto beans this year. You know who to call!
- a mainstay in our offers: the microlots, estate lots and regional coffees from Mantiqueira de Minas in Brazil, thanks to Cocarive! You can read the coffee profiles on our coffee page.
Microlots from Peru are a new addition to our list. We are very much looking forward to showcasing this high-potential origin in a different light than the classic certified cooperative lots. We have teamed up with the local sourcing operation of Red Fox to access some of the tastiest coffees in Peru! We will have coffees from three cooperatives, as well as two single producer lots. All are Fairtrade and organic certified. And delicious! Nothing but goodness in your cup.
The cooperatives we will introduce to you are:
- Rutas del Inca: a fairly new cooperative deep in the Cajamarca department of northern Peru. Cajamarca was traditionally a big mining region because of its mineral resources. Only recently it gained popularity as one of Peru’s high-potential coffee growing regions. The history of the Rutas del Inca cooperative is closely tied to this mining history. Many large mining companies try to compensate for past mistakes by supporting the socioeconomic development of local communities. For its high potential in the region, the conversion to coffee cultivation received a lot of support from these companies. With the funding, new cooperatives were created, among which Rutas del Inca, and farmers changed their traditional crops (potatoes, livestock,…) to the cash crop. Since these new cooperatives received substantial financial resources, they could invest in planting high-quality varieties like Caturra, Typica and Pache. To make all that potential real, they also invested in proper infrastructure at each plantation so each producer could properly process his coffee cherries.
In the selections, we cupped many lots of Rutas del Inca. Time after time, they came out as favourites! A really impressive operation from high in the Peruvian Andes. The average growing altitude lies around 2000 meters above sea level!
- COOPVAMA: full name Cooperativa Valle del Marañón, another FTO certified cooperative from the Cajamarca department. Proyecto Especial Jaen San Ignacio y Bagua (PEJSIB) created this cooperative as part of a larger environmental preservation project. The cooperative currently has 350 coffee producing members. Coffee producers at the higher altitudes here (1800 – 1900m) cultivate the high-quality Typica, Caturra and Pache varieties. Each producer has his own processing unit with depulping machine, fermentation tank, washing tank and water recirculation system.
- COOPAGRO: also known as, the cooperative that produced the number 1 winning lot of the very first Cup of Excellence in Peru this year. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this. COOPAGRO operates near Jaén in the Cajamarca department – yes we did love those Cajamarca coffees! And for a reason. The potential for coffee in the region is so incredibly high. Thanks to soils rich in organic matter, the classic varieties (Caturra, Bourbon, Typica) come out with such bright and beautiful cup profiles that cupping descriptors fail to represent accurately. They even outcup Geisha coffees! Organic crop cultivation is more widespread in Peru than any origins, so those soils have remained nice and clean.
- Yes we are very happy to bring these coffees to Antwerp for you.
With all the excitement, we would almost forget there’s also a great selection from Colombia arriving soon! Featuring in our Autumn arrivals from Colombia are the Quindío and Nariño departments.
Quindío, Hacienda San Alberto coffees
If you have been buying coffees through us in the past years, this farm should definitely ring a bell. If this is your first introduction to Hacienda San Alberto, read our coffee profile here! If for you, Colombian coffee equals fast-fading coffee, you should try coffees from Hacienda San Alberto and think twice. They have completely mastered the drying process to preserve those rich dried fruit, spice and chocolate profiles for a long time in your roastery. Undoubtedly a no-brainer choice for your espresso lineup! Here’s a suggestion for your Christmas coffee: Hacienda San Alberto’s Don Eduardo Geisha. The second time we buy this coffee, and the second production year for this lot. Last year, they won an award for being Colombia’s most exotic coffee in the national Land of Diversity quality competition!
Nariño, various small producers
Last year, we started buying microlots in Nariño, Colombia’s westernmost department on the border with Ecuador. We always loved the region’s potential for intense, fragrant and fruity coffees, but we hadn’t managed to create a supply relationship yet. Until last year, when we got introduced to three producers thanks to the Land of Diversity competition. You will soon find fresh coffees from Santa Rosa, El Arroyo and El Pará on our list again!
Additionally, we are also bringing more coffees from Red Fox to Antwerp. Next to Peru, they also have a sourcing operation in Nariño. We have always been good friends with the Red Fox team, and when Sofie and Julia met on Burundi Cup of Excellence this summer, the conversation about a collaboration took off again. We discovered Red Fox was also sourcing coffees in the same region where Santa Rosa, El Arroyo and El Pará are located. Since they have a great support structure with agronomists in place there, it wouldn’t make sense in a lot of ways for us to try and do the same. Instead, we are happy to support the good work they are doing and bring some of their single producer lots to Antwerp.
Since we will cup a lot coffees, we will start cupping at 10am. We hope you will join us to taste a big chunk of new coffees before diving into the Christmas craze!