June Featured Coffee: Peru Norandino

Fair Trade – Organic – Unwashed
Coyona, Canchaque, Peru

norandino-gallery-3Fast Facts:
Location: Piura Region
Altitude: 900-1700 meters
Varietal: Arabica – Bourbon, Typica
Process: Unwashed, natural process
Certifications: Organic, FLO
Organization: Founded in 1993, comprised of 6,000 members

norandino-gallery-6Coop Norandino (formally known as CEPICAFE) was founded in March 1995 with 200 members. Today the group has grown into a second level non-profit organization which represents coffee and sugar cane producers of the Piuran mountains of northeastern Peru. Norandino’s primary objectives are to sell 100% of their coffee to the specialty market, to strengthen their organization, and to establish respectful and collaborative commercial alliances with their international network of buyers.

Through the consolidation of member organizations under the Norandino umbrella, producers are now active and respected agents for sustainable development in their region. They have worked collectively to improve quality and overall production under certified organic practices, and have increased their exports into specialty markets in North America, Europe and Asia. Farmers also enjoy access to financing and to development projects. This has facilitated the diversification of their production base to include a range of products from panela (raw brown sugar), jams and cocoa, to crafts and tourism.

norandino-gallery-2We get both a Decaf as well as a Natural Process coffee from Norandino, but this month we’re going to focus on the Natural Process one. (Don’t worry, if you’re a fan of Decaf, and are itching to hear more about it, just shoot us an email!)

Natural process coffee beans are dried with all their layers intact, rather than with the bean removed from the coffee cherry. The coffee bean benefits from the natural sugars of the cherry, and the taste comes out in a deliciously sweet profile.

Above, Norandino technical advisor, Sergio Neira, explains the process. Prior to 1990, almost all of their coffee was natural process, and well-known for its distinct flavor profile.  For the past several years Norandino has been working to resuscitate the traditional natural process coffees of the Canchaque region. Something we’re very excited about!

Thread is excited to offer you this unique coffee that exhibits lively strawberry and cola notes in a full-bodied cup. Drink up!

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