South America is known for growing some of the best coffee beans around the world. Countries like Columbia, Guatemala, Argentina and Brazil are high exporters of coffee beans but, there’s one country in particular that’s grown popular over the last few decades and that’s Peru.
Peruvian coffee is unique and its taste notes and bodies are distinct with each region. Here in Toronto, Brasa Peruvian Kitchen is joining a growing list of coffee shops selling Peruvian coffee. On October 6th, they launched their own signature line. Its aromatic and flavourful coffee might be the exact switch you need for your everyday coffee craving.
More About Peruvian Coffee
Peru has one of the world’s most diverse climates. One minute you’re engulfed in the northern mountains and next you’ll be walking through the trees of the amazon forest. There’s approximately 90 microclimates in Peru and this allows for appropriate agricultural to grow coffee bean crops.
The country started producing coffee in the 1700s but it was only ever exported in the 1900’s. Over the past decade, Peru has become the #10 producer in the world and Michel Falcon, owner of Brasa Peruvian explains how the microclimates are to thank.
“The high altitude of the mountains regions like the Andes allows for optimal growing conditions for arabica coffee.The coast and jungle region of the Amazon also allows for superior harvesting environments,” Michel said.
Local farmers make up majority of the farming population in Peru and because of high costs and accessibility, they don’t have access to chemical fertilizers. This means that majority of their coffee beans are organic and large amounts of their exports are arabica beans too.
Farmers plant the beans up to elevations of 3000 feet and this helps the coffees flavour profile. The higher you grow the crop, the harder the bean must “fight” to grow. When the bean is stressed, it forces them to produce more sugars and nutrients which adds to the overall flavour profile.
Once the beans are ready to be exported, the local farmers form fair trade cooperatives to access larger global markets. Michel explains that without these alliances they wouldn’t be able to export these large quantities and end up at shops like Brasa. This is how the phrase “fair trade” coffee was coined.
Flavours of Peruvian Coffee At Brasa
Since they first opened this summer, Brasa’s missions has been to introduce the flavours of Peruvian cuisine to Toronto. Their salads and warm bowls are packed with flavour and they recently decided to take it one step further and introduce the flavours of Peruvian coffee too.
“we came across this opportunity when we subleased a commercial kitchen out of Hale Coffee Roasters facility. they also roast organic Peruvian coffee.”Michel Falcon
Michel thanks Hale Coffee for making this happen so soon. He always believed Peruvian coffee was a fitting product for the company and their guests.
Where The Beans Are Sourced…
Brasa’s coffee comes from an organic coffee farm owned by Ysauro Tocto Chugden. The 1.5 hectare farm is located in the Lonya Grande district of Peru. The coffee is grown at elevations of 1600 meters!
Ysauro cultivates the Bourbon, Castillo, and Catimor coffee bean varieties and he’s know for his innovative farming processes for coffee. He’s a member of the Asociacion de Productores Cafetaleros Juan Marco El Palto (JUMARP). They ensure high-quality, organically grown coffee for the customer while taking good care of communities and strengthening livelihood.The 35 local farmers, including Ysauro and the other 189 members of COOP JUMARP, grow their coffee under the canopy of the Amazon rain forest.
Taste & Flavour Profile
Their coffee is mild to medium body, with notes of nuts, flowers and green grapes. It has mild acidity, balanced body, vibrant aromas and can be enjoyed in a hot cup on its own or along with your favourite food or dessert.
The beans are roasted on a scale of eight by Hale Coffee bean roasters. Brasa recommends using an AeroPress on freshly ground beans. They say its a simple and efficient method to brewing out the distinct flavours of the coffee beans without breaking a sweat.
Check out there recent blog post here.
Other Toronto Coffee Shops Selling Peruvian Coffee
- Hale Coffee Roasters
- Pilot Coffee Roasters
Feature Image: Brasa Peruvian Kitchen