JAIME COTRINA, Chirinos Competition Lot
This coffee has a complexity and unique character that we’ve come to expect from high quality lots from this region. Notes like quince, candied citrus and an elegant florality are backed up with a rich, brown sugar sweetness.
CULTIVAR: Caturra & Bourbon
LOCATION: La Palma, Chirinos, Cajamarca
ALTITUDE: 1,850 masl
Jaime and his family’s farm covers 2-3 hectares of land in La Palma, a lush green area which borders with the Montaña forest reserve. This area has amazing soil with lots of organic matter and a great microclimate which results in a unique regional profile that we fell in love with. The high altitude also means that the cherry fermentation times are quite long which adds fruit flavour and complexity.
This is the second lot we bought through auction at the Chrinos quality competition in Peru. It didn’t achieve the price which it was expected to outside of the auction, so we offered Jaime a premium which brought the price in line with what would normally be achievable for a lot of this quality. The unfortunate reality of many quality competitions like this one are that the exorbitant prices which the top lots may achieve can give some producers unrealistic expectations, whilst some other lots often receive less than their market value which can be incredibly demotivating for the producers.