Tasting Notes: Apple Pie, Caramel, Clove
Roast level: Dark
Farmer: Finca Churupampa Mujeres
From the roaster: Sumac Warmi, which means beautiful women in the local language, Quechua, is a cooperative made up of 32 women in Peru. Their coffee plants are cultivated on a microlot under the shade of fruit and forest trees, allowing the natural environment to be preserved. It is both organic and fair trade certified.
Sumac Warmi is committed to both producing the finest coffee and ensuring their members are provided for. Expert agronomists train members in agronomic best practices, pest control, soil analysis, fertilization, certification compliance, harvesting, and post-harvest processing. They also help members maintain food security by raising small animals and maintaining vegetable gardens.
Longer term, Sumac Warmi's vision is to become a leader in Peruvian coffee production, and this is where their commitment to quality comes into play. Armed with learnings from their agronomic team, Sumac Warmi producers hand pick only the ripest cherries, and immediately de-pulp and ferment them for 15-30 hours. They are then dried individually by producers on covered raised beds for 10-18 days until the coffee reaches optimal humidity in the 10.5-12% range. It is then delivered to Sumac Warmi's warehouse, which has been carefully designed to preserve quality until the coffee is transported to the regional dry mill and exported.
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