WHY WE LOVE IT: A perennial favorite that has a balanced sweetness and a lovely, fruity backdrop.
DESCRIPTION: Apple, honey, cherry, lemon, caramel, and chestnut
REGION: Querocoto, Chota Province, Cajamarca
ALTITUDE: 1,800 - 2,400 m
VARIETY: Typica, Caturra, Pache, and Bourbon
Founded in 2013 with only 33 members, Rutas del Inca quickly grew to be one of Peru’s leading producers of organic-certified specialty coffee. Now consisting of 258 members, the cooperative stretches across 27 communities in the Querocoto, Huambos, and Querecotillo districts where the farmers receive excellent support in the form of fertilizers, drying tents, fermentation, de-pulping machines, and small irrigation systems.
As one of the few coffee cooperatives in Peru’s Chota province, Rutas del Inca pushes the boundaries of where coffee can be grown. Reaching high into the Peruvian mountains -- up to 2,400 m -- the farmers at Rutas del Inca take advantage of their region’s consistently cool temperatures for an even and controlled drying. Their unique ecosystem paired with their careful farming and processing creates a coffee that we are excited to buy year after year, and this year’s lot is no exception. Exceptionally balanced with a fresh Gala apple sweetness, Peru Rutas del Inca once again lives up to its reputation as one of our perennial favorites.