Peru Ciriaco Quispe

Location: Torrington, Connecticut

Origin: Inambari Valley, Peru

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Review Date: November 2015

Agtron: 68/89

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Savory-sweet, softly pungent, subtle. Hazelnut, lime zest, fir, a hint of narcissus-like flowers in aroma and cup. Brisk yet juicy acidity; silky mouthfeel. Lime zest and fir in particular carry into a quiet though rich finish.


This is a certified organically grown and Fair Trade Certified green coffee, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. However, this roasted, retail version does not carry the Fair Trade USA seal on the bag or website because, although the producer and importer are Fair Trade Certified, the roaster is not. The Cecovasa collection of coffee cooperatives was founded in 1970 and is currently comprised of eight co-ops (more than 5,000 farmers) throughout the Sandia Valley, of which the smaller Inambari Valley, where this coffee was produced, is part. Giv COFFEE is dedicated to three goals: to provide quality coffee, to provide a fair price to farmers, and to give back to those in need. Giv COFFEE donates two dollars of every retail bag of coffee it sells. In the case of this coffee, the donation goes to support agricultural improvement projects in Africa. Visit www.givcoffee.com or call 860-874-5301 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value a brisk, quietly zesty cup with subtle aromatic intrigue.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2015 tasting report: Fair Trade Certified Coffees

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