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Peru – September 7th, 2009

We’re en route home to Portland after a week+ spent in Peru. We started and ended the week with a fury of cuppings in Lima.

This is our first foray into direct purchasing in Peru so we made sure we had a look at day-lot (single days of harvest) samples from both the northern and southern producing regions of the country. The Jaen samples from an area along the border of Ecuador were sweetest and had the most complex acidity. The samples from Cusco showed great promise with honey and ripe, stone fruit flavor.

We spent the bulk of the week trekking through the canopy covered, Andean slopes of the La Convencion district of Cusco holding our strategic meetings with coffee farmers from the Nuevo Paraiso, Delcias and Canelon regions.

It would be an understatement to say that plenty of work remains to be done to meet Stumptown’s expectations. The Peruvian coffee industry is and has been mired in corruption. No technical assistance has ever been given to these coffee farmers who live completely isolated from the outside world.

We trekked over an hour through jungle to reach some of these communities. The road just doesn’t arrive to these villages, nor does transparency.

Our fingers are crossed to come out with some single origin coffees this year although it may take another year of hard work to ensure that quality is up to par. We’re committed. Stay tuned….