region: Chirinos, Peru
producer: smallholder farmers
association: La Prosperidad de Chirinos
elevation: 1200 – 2200
cultivars: Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, Pache, Mundo Novo
process: fully washed, patio dried
The aroma of the Peru Chirinos is pretty straightforward. There’s nothing about it that’s terribly surprising; it’s just pleasantly fragrant. Citrus, red grape, and molasses mingle with a bouquet of floral aromatics.
The flavor follows the nose – the flavors in the cup are perfectly identical to the aromatics, with some additional nuances. This is a medium-bodied coffee with a heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Its flavor profile is a bit muddled by big notes of brown sugar, dark cocoa, molasses, and dulce de leche which overshadow the bright, fruity elements, but there are moments of brilliance – especially as the cup cools off. Lemon-lime soda, red grape, Fuji apple, plum, floral aromatics, and a white-wine acidity all play through a semi-dry finish.
Colectivo Coffee really delivered with their Peru Chirinos. This coffee provided a pleasant, pretty straightforward cupping experience. As straightforward as it was, though, it did have some flashes of brilliance that made the cup dynamic.
Personally, though, I think I would have preferred if the cup were a bit more dynamic. While the flavor was really good, the overall profile was a little muddy – a lot of the individual nuances weren’t as bright and lively as they probably could have been (I’m thinking about those white wine and citrus flavors, in particular). That’s a negligible complaint, though, because I see what Colectivo was going for here: taking a brilliant coffee and making it more accessible to the “average” consumer. From that perspective I have to say, “Wow! What a coffee!”
Best of all, for every pound of Peru Chirinos sold, one dollar will be sent back to La Prosperidad to co-fund construction of covered drying patios for the cooperative.
*content courtesy of Colectivo Coffee
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