Regions and Coffees of Note for Single Origin Coffees in South America: Peru
Good Peruvian coffee is often gentle in flavor and very mild in its “bite,” or acidity. This makes it a great coffee for coffee lovers who want a fairly mild experience without too much of the pungency of good “black” coffees.
Urubamba: Grown in the southern areas of Peru (near Machu Picchu, as it happens), Urubamba means “flat land of spiders.” Not necessarily what you want to hear when it comes to coffee beans, of course, and many Peruvian coffee lovers flock to Chanchamayo instead, but you’d be surprised at the flavors that come out of this region.
- Bean description: Very mild, and not necessarily rich – but certainly a coffee worth trying if you enjoy a milder bean that doesn’t assert itself strongly with other flavors.
Chanchamayo: Perhaps the definitive coffee of Peru, this coffee is grown in the central regions of the country where the elevation is just right for a bean that offers coffee lovers a little bit of everything.
- Bean description: The taste is light, smooth, almost chocolaty and features a good balance of everything from richness to aftertaste; perhaps the best way to experience Peruvian coffee.