Cutervillo, Peru (Organic)
12 ounce Valve Bag | A Direct Trade relationship, this micro-lot from the Rutas del Inca Cooperative is sweet + crisp with notes of grapefruit, peach and brown sugar.
In 2018, Brian headed south to the mountains of Northern Peru to visit the Rutas Del Inca Cooperative, from which Summit has been sourcing coffee since 2015. Brian was the first American to visit the cooperative, located in a small town called Querocoto. While there, Brian met with several producers, visiting their farms and tasting their single-lot coffees that, ultimately, get blended with coffee from their neighboring farmers to be distributed at the cooperative.
We knew, from up here in North Carolina, that 253 producers contribute to the cooperative — and since the coffee itself has improved each harvest, we recognized that some of the farmers must have been producing better-and-better crops. So while at the cooperative, Brian selected two more traceable lots that stood out and we worked with our partners at Sustainable Harvest to keep the coffee separate from farm to Summit.
This coffee, Cutervillo, is the second of the new selections. Named for messengers of the Incan empire, Cutervillo comes from six different farmers, all Organic and Fair Trade certified. These coffees are grown at around 2,000 masl, a very high elevation for South American coffee, which results in a dynamic cup. After harvesting only the ripest red cherries from their farms, these farmers fermented the coffee for 28 hours. After washing it, they then dried the coffee for eight to twelve days until it reached the optimum humidity level.
Region: Querocoto, Cajamarca, Peru
Variety: Caturra, Typica, Catimor
Altitude: 2,000 masl
Tasting Notes: Grapefruit, Peach Tea, Brown Sugar, Chamomile