Traceability: Maria Nieves

Process: Washed

Elevation: 5,400 ft (1900 masl)

Notes: Passion Fruit, Nutmeg, Red Apple

Method: Drip (1:16), Iced Brew, Espresso

Net weight:  12 ounces/340 grams


On our trip to Peru in July of 2019, one of our most memorable experiences was visiting the Barro Negro area of La Coipa, a small town about 2 and half hours north of Jaén. We started the car ride in Jaén, the biggest city in the area, nestled in the valley along the riverside. This area is one of the agricultural bread baskets of Peru —  rice paddies line the river, while cacao and tropical fruits occupy the lower tier of the rising tropical Andes.

As we wound our way higher and higher up the mountain, the drier landscape that dominated the valley started to give way to a much cooler, mistier air, which, naturally, led to a much greener, lusher landscape. We were above the clouds now, the hotter, browner valley below a distant memory. The car pulled off to the side of the road, next to a home with a small garden patch that some domesticated turkeys carefully watched over. A small, muddy path laid next to the garden, and after stretching off the cramped car ride, we began the ascent to the Barro Negro village.

Maria Nieves greeted us at the end of our climb, about 45 minutes by foot from where we left the car. At this high of an elevation, roughly 1700-1900 meters above sea level, coffee took over the landscape as the dominant agricultural product. Plenty of fruit trees and potato patches as well, but you couldn’t help but be struck by the vibrant contrast of ripe red and yellow coffee cherries against the green, leafy shrub upon which they grew.

Mrs. Nieves was all smiles, all the time. She quickly encouraged us to shed our backpacks, showed us where the bathroom and sink was, and assured us lunch would be ready soon. It turns out that hospitality in coffee isn’t just something you should expect from your local barista! After cleaning up a bit, we made the rounds greeting Maria’s family and neighbors… All told, the group numbered around 30 people, all involved in the production of coffee. Of these 30, Maria Nieves stood out as a natural leader, never hesitating to offer her opinion and speaking positive encouragement to her neighbors about overcoming the recent spate of low prices in the coffee sector. We were duly impressed with her leadership and kindness, and as it turns out, her coffee was some of the best we tasted all trip.

In the cupping lab back in the city of Jaén, we tasted through more than 50 coffees from the surrounding region, many from the farms we visited. Taking notes and scoring the coffees blindly was very important to us, so that we could judge the coffee solely on quality alone. This specific lot of Maria’s coffee (El Limón II) is in the top three of coffees we tasted the whole trip, offering delicate notes of passion fruit and nutmeg spice to the drinker, and maybe a hint of pink lemonade. We were so happy to discover that one of our favorite coffees was produced by one of our favorite people we met during the trip! We hope you take a chance on this new coffee and enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoyed meeting Maria!


All coffee is roasted to order every Monday and shipped the following day through USPS priority mail unless otherwise specified. 

Net weight: 12 ounces (340 grams) / 5 lbs (2.27 kg)

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