The future is bright for Peruvian coffee
Above the sacred valley in the eastern cordillera of the southern part of Peru lies the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Exploring deep into the heart of the city is a display of beautiful ruins, manifesting the way of life in the new world. The famous Incan empire, which was once-powerful, has laid the foundation to what Peru signifies today. This country is also rich in minerals such as copper, zinc, and lead. They are known to be the biggest exporter of copper in the world next to chile. Peru has experienced economic growth in the year 2000 to 2011, and foreign investors had been ardent to get associated with the export of the country's mineral resources. While these things constitute what makes Peru proud, there is still an existing war that they have yet to win: The competition in the coffee trade.
Going back in time
Peruvian coffee became a hit in the late 1900s when a terrible disease struck Indonesia, one of the largest coffee exporters during that time. Europe; the biggest market for coffee has begun looking for alternative producers around the world to satisfy their demand. They found South America a perfect location due to its geographical proximity and perfect climate, while Peru was one in the top list. European investors such as the United Kingdom have flocked on Peru's soil to fund coffee farmers to the point that almost 60% of the country's export consists of coffee.
This glorious period has ended during the first and second world war when England has sold its land in Peru and distributed it to local coffee farmers. The farmers had more independence, but the export became less competitive.
Notwithstanding the hurdles of the coffee trade, Peru has continued to develop its coffee industry for the last decades. According to a report of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) in October 2019, Peru is the 8th largest coffee exporter in the world.
The future is bright for Peru coffee
When we talk about coffee, Peru is barely not on the top 5 list of the world's coffee exporters. Brazil, being number one, followed by Vietnam.
Nevertheless, there are significant factors why the future is bright for Peru in this game of coffee trade.
Organic is the best
Have you ever tried eating organic vegetables and fruits? I can say that the quality is truly remarkable. What makes them better is the absence of pesticides and chemicals that could potentially harm one's health if the food is unwell-prepared. This what makes Peruvian coffee superior to its rivals. Many coffee farmers in Peru have a lack of access to pesticides and insecticides. Therefore, a large percentage of coffees are grown organically in many regions. It seems that this misfortune has also helped them to create a unique selling point in the coffee market. Most coffee lovers or drinkers are willing to spend a few more bucks for organic coffee. People nowadays are leaning forward to healthier options, and that is what Peruvian coffee comes to play.
The type of beans
Peru's coffee mainly focuses on Arabica beans, just like its competitors. They are the fifth largest arabica exporter in the world. It is a game-changer that becomes an asset in the coffee trade. There are four different kinds of coffee beans in the world, namely, Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa. Arabica is the better type, as it requires a meticulous kind of care. It can only be grown in a high altitude, while robusta can thrive in any soil and environment. It has a sweeter and mellow taste, and the amount of caffeine is twice less than robusta, making it the most preferred choice of coffee drinkers.
There are regions in Peru that produce a variety of Peruvian coffee beans. Their quality and flavor profile can range from smooth to light or medium body and a mild to bright acidity.
Urubamba Coffee- are coffees grown in the southern part of Peru, near Cusco and Machu Picchu. It has a rich and smooth flavor with a delightful aroma that is perfect in a morning coffee.
Chanchamayo Coffee- are coffees grown in the province of Chanchamayo in the northern Junin region of central Peru. It has a characteristic of a medium body with mild to bright acidity.
At a glance, we can still say that Peru is still on its way to the top of the ladder. However, we cannot ignore the fact that the quality of coffee that they produce is of a high standard. Enjoy a cup of Peruvian coffee with Alabaster Box Coffee. Please check out our store for more information about our product: El Incas (Premium Peruvian Coffee).