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Peru La Palestina

$20.00

La Palestina displays the most complex and dynamic flavor profiles we’ve encountered with flavors ranging from ripe banana and tropical citrus finishing with a caramel-chocolate mixture that’s reminiscent of English Toffee.

Roast: Light
Producer: Alarcon Family
Process: Washed
Variety: Bourbon Marshel

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Peru La Palestina

Peru La Palestina

$20.00

La Palestina displays the most complex and dynamic flavor profiles we’ve encountered with flavors ranging from ripe banana and tropical citrus finishing with a caramel-chocolate mixture that’s reminiscent of English Toffee.

Roast: Light
Producer: Alarcon Family
Process: Washed
Variety: Bourbon Marshel

La Palestina displays the most complex and dynamic flavor profiles we’ve encountered with flavors ranging from ripe banana and tropical citrus finishing with a caramel-chocolate mixture that’s reminiscent of English Toffee.

Roast: Light
Producer: Alarcon Family
Process: Washed
Variety: Bourbon Marshel

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Jose Alarcon

COFFEE INFO

La Palestina’s story began over 40 years ago when the patriarch, Don Juan Alarcon, purchased remote frontier lands above the village of El Triunfo in the San Jose de Alto district of Cajamarca. Though this land was a several-hour drive from the village, and quite off the beaten path, Don Juan saw the potential for this land and began to turn the cow pastures into land suitable for coffee cultivation. His vision would take years to materialize, but over time Don Juan and his family created something beautiful.

Over the following decades, Don Juan’s sons Juan, Jose, and Annibal took over operations of La Palestina and strategically reinvested in the farm. They built a state-of-the-art washing and fermentation beneficio and began to compost their leftover materials to create fertilizer which they redistribute throughout their farm to promote tree health. They planted a number of shade trees and flowering plants to promote biodiversity and ecological sustainability. Few farms in the world go to such lengths, but the Alarcon’s saw these actions as part of their duty to protect the land they cultivated.

Slowly, La Palestina became recognized as one of the foremost farms in the entirety of northern Peru. Their practices quickly gained recognition from our partners at Origin Coffee Lab, who’ve become partners in their farm and have implemented further quality control measures. This all led to La Palestina winning 17th place in the 2019 Peruvian Cup of Excellence competition, gaining further international recognition.

Today, a wide range of coffee varieties are cultivated on the farm. We saw Peruvian Bourbon (called Bourbon Marshel) growing throughout their land, planted alongside exotic and rare varieties such as Gesha, Java, Ethiopia, and Bronze Catuai. In an effort to further express complex profiles in their coffees, the Alarcon’s began implementing and utilizing wine yeast strains during fermentation. We were able to see their low oxygen fermentation methods which can provide extremely fruit-forward flavors in the resulting coffees!

PARTNERSHIP

All of our Peruvian coffees are sourced through our trustworthy friends at Origin Coffee Lab. We were introduced to OCL in 2019 and haven’t looked back since. They’ve continually proven themselves to be the foremost experts in coffee quality and social responsibility in northern Peru. Their investment in farms like La Palestina has resulted in significant opportunities for coffee producers to improve their livelihoods.

By working with Origin Coffee Lab, we ensure coffee farmers are paid equitable wages for their work and are rewarded for achieving excellence in quality. For their work, we paid $4.2 FOB for this coffee at a time when the commercial market was paying $1.77 and the local market was around $2.

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