This is our 2nd showcase of Peruvian coffee this year & we’re excited to introduce La Salina Organic by Aldelmo Chinguel Alberca. This coffee falls under our “CLASSIC” category – We showcased his brother’s farm La Granadilla a couple of months back & thought it would be a great comparison to highlight the differences between coffees from the neighbouring farms.
Adelmo & his family belong to the Cedros Cooperative, which recently have begun to focus on quality coffee as well as sustainability. Their farms are all situated at high altitudes, in unique microclimates that allow the coffee plants to thrive in that environment. They typically produce fully washed coffees, which involves a wet fermentation for up to 48 hours before rinsing & drying in parabolic dryers. The longer fermentation times allow for more distinct fruit characteristics to develop.
The cooperative incentivizes their members by paying more for quality as well as providing infrastructure like solar panels, pulpers & fermentation tanks to overall improve cup quality. This infrastructure also comes with practical assistance which benefits the producers greatly.
La Salina Organic is a great result of a quality-focused producer & cooperative working together to consistently improve the coffee’s quality! We love the crisp apple-like acidity that prefaces the fresh sweetness reminding us of pomelo & freshly brewed Ceylon tea. Our Single Profile roasting approach highlights the juicy & round mouthfeel of this coffee, which we believe are the hallmarks of a high-quality fully washed coffee!