Mellow Pomelo: Peru Cajamarca
San Ignacio, Cajamarca
Grown in the high-altitude regions of the Cajamarca province in northern Peru, producer Samuel Jimenez works diligently to produce high-quality coffee cherries. With the help of his farm's unique climate and exemplary soil conditions, Mellow Pomelo emerges.
Coffee cherries from Cajamarca Peru are widely known for their distinct flavor profile, characterized by a silky body and complemented with mellow citrus flavors. This flavor profile originates from a unique combination of factors that influence the growth and development of coffee cherries in this region. One of these key factors is the altitude at which it grows.
Coffee plants in this region are grown at elevations of up to 2,000 meters above sea level (over 6,500ft), which creates a cooler, more stable climate that is ideal for coffee cultivation. Cooler temperatures slow the growth of coffee plants, allowing the beans to develop slower, resulting in a more intricate and nuanced flavor profile.
Another vital factor that contributes to the coffee’s development is the soil in which it is grown. Soil in this region is rich in calcium, potassium, and other minerals due to the surrounding Andes Mountains, all of which provide coffee plants with the essential chemistry they need to grow and develop. The cooler temperatures, as well as traditional farming practices like terracing and crop rotation, also help maintain soil fertility and prevent depletion. The resulting soil environment heavily influences the unique flavor profile of the coffee beans, giving them a distinct citrusy notes and a sweeter profile.
These unique characteristics would not be showcased properly if not for the controlled processing methods Samuel Jimenez uses to prepare his coffee. After a washed processing, the coffee is dried for 30 days on raised beds, resulting in an incredible clarity of flavor. The resulting notes present flavors of hibiscus, candied grapefruit, and yellow cake.
Mellow Pomelo is a unique and highly prized coffee variety that is known for its distinct flavor profile, sustainability, and ethical production practices. This coffee is a testament to the skill and dedication of the coffee farmers in this region, who work tirelessly to produce some of the finest coffee beans in the world. For coffee enthusiasts looking for a truly exceptional coffee experience, Mellow Pomelo is a must-try.
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