The Roastery & Cafe
NAME OF PRODUCING GROUP: TIBED YUJRA
LOCATION: SANDIA VALLEY, PUNO - PERU
ALTITUDE: 1700-1900 MASL
VARIETY: CATURRA, TYPICA, CATIMOR
Tasting Notes: Tangerine, Amaretto, Black Tea, Honey
The Sandia Valley, located on the eastern edge of Puno, Peru is home to decades of coffee growing and excellent processing practices. Red Fox, our importing partner for this offering, began purchasing coffees from the Sandia Valley all the way back in 2007 as they discovered the remarkable florality and sweetness characteristic of this region’s coffees.
Within the massive Sandia Valley lie many smaller valleys, each hosting unique coffee-producing communities of smallholder farmers averaging just 2.5 hectares of coffee land. Due to a UN-led replanting project in the 80s, much of Sandia Valley grows Bourbon-variety coffee, offering an elegant, floral, honeyed, and dynamically citric character, or, alternately, a rich, full-bodied, and incredibly sweet malic red apple or pear aspect. These coffees are entirely unique to Puno, distinct from what you’ll find in other regions of Peru, and offer something for every palate.
All of these farmers are small in terms of their landholding. Harvest period in Sandia, Puno is between August and October, They all use hand crank depulping machines, ferment in concrete tanks and wash in the same tanks. A few of them have channels for a density separation after washing. The climate can be rainy, also similar to Colombia, so many producers use parabolic beds for drying. The cooperative also offers drying services at their receiving stations meaning that they’ll dry coffee to proper moisture levels for the farmers.