Rio Blanco, Peru
Producer: Small-shareholder Producers
Origin: Cajamarca, Peru
Tasting Notes: Panela, Bittersweet Chocolate, Hint of Citrus
Varietals: Bourbon, Caturra, Catimor
Altitude: 1600 - 1800 masl
Process: Fully Washed
12 oz Whole Bean Coffee
This coffee was sourced by the team at Red Fox Coffee Merchants.
Rio Blanco is a new producer group lead by Ismael Alarcon and sixteen other coffee producers located along the banks of the Rio Blanco River in Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary. Ismael, who we previously worked with through Santuario, organized Rio Blanco focusing on helping smallholder producers get the best possible price for coffee through quality improvements. Several community projects have been implemented such as developing organic fertilizers utilizing local materials and empowering producers through offering land management practices. Long-term sustainability offers a path to long-term profitability for smallholders.
With high elevations, diverse microclimates, high-quality soil, and varieties of Caturra, Bourbon, and Catimor, coffees from Rio Blanco offer notes of candied apple and tart cherry, deep honeyed sweetness, and florals. Ismael began his profession nearly twelve years ago and has been around coffee production his entire life. We are thrilled to work with Ismael and the producers of Namballe this season, offering the finest coffees of Cajamarca to all.