Antonia Meija Paico
Bourbon and Typica
Wholebean, Espresso, Filter, Aeropress, Stovetop, Cafetière
Peru ANTONIO MEIJA PAICO
With notes of Cherry, Almond and Tamarind
With our first release of any new crop from a particular origin we try to present you with a classic expression of coffee from that region. For us, this lot defines a well processed high-altitude Peruvian coffee. A washed process coffee with Bourbon and Typica varieties, its bright and complex yet extremely accessible flavour profile lends itself well to filter brewing.
Cajamarca is one of our favourite regions in Peru, which is where some of its most balanced coffee come from. This coffee doesn’t disappoint on that attribute, but also has a very smooth texture. Flavour-wise, it’s approachable but accentuated tart acidity, particularly expressed as tamarind.
Antonio Mejia Paico is a second generation coffee producer with farms in the El Condor sector of Huabal district. The farm is 2 hectares of land currently under production which is planted with caturra, typica, bourbon, catuai and mundo novo. Antonio has modified the roof of his house to enable him to dry his coffee under cover, so that it dries slower and is protected from the ever changing weather.
Huabal is a district within the Jaén province of Cajamarca and is one of Peru’s strongest areas for quality. Huabal has a huge amount of potential for quality coffee, but due to very poor infrastructure, many of the producers lack resources and knowledge to unlock that potential.
Many producers in Huabal had been regenerating their farms with catimores, which had been promoted by the government and multinational buyers, and in some altitude ranges have given great results and with good management produce decent cup quality, but in the higher altitudes rarely produce much and the quality is poor. Now with the premiums that they’re receiving for quality, more and more producers are re-planting caturra, bourbon and catuai, which, with good management and fertilization can yield higher and produce much better quality coffee. Huabal is made up of various villages, which are centres of coffee production and each producer belongs to a village. Since Huabal spans a couple of mountains, the climate conditions and soils can vary considerably, with some areas having wet, humid conditions and red, African-like soils and others dry and hot. This all contributes to diverse and delicious cup profiles and some very complex coffees.
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