Last December (2017) the Utopian team cupped several Peruvian coffees from our sourcing partners. When we tasted the Rutas del Incas cooperative blend we were floored by the bright and lively flavors with deep-lush berry tones. Unfortunately, by the time we tried to purchase bags the entirety of the coffee was sold for the year. This year, Utopian forward-purchased several bags from this cooperative in August, despite the coffee not arriving till December 2018.
The Rutas Del Incas cooperative was founded in 2013, making it a very young organization. Despite this, their quality continues to improve each year due to the dedication of each farmer to producing great coffees. The cooperative aids the farmers in providing equipment, as well as microloans to ensure a high quality standard each year. We’re extremely excited to have this coffee available through the winter season and even into the early spring!
Upon arrival in the US and final samples, we were once again reminded of the absolutely stunning quality of this coffee from such a young cooperative. The exceptionally high altitudes and climate of Peru just create outstandingly complex coffees, and this coffee is no exception. The flavor is just as lush and fruit-forward as last year’s crop with even more citrusy nuances. Between the mouthfeel and thick-fruited tones, one is reminded of a classic Malbec. The finish is almost pure citrus fruit that reminds us of mandarin orange.
In the cup, expect stunning fruity tones reminiscent of pomegranate with a juicy mouthfeel and notes of toffee and confectioner’s sugar. If you’re a fan of fruit-forward coffees we highly recommend this exceptional Peruvian lot.
Farm: Various Farmers of the Rutas Del Incas Cooperative
Altitude: 1800-2400 Meters Above Sea Level
Processing Method: Fully Washed
Cultivar: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai