Peru Sol y Café
Organic, Fair Trade, Fully Washed
Full Bodied, Notes of Cocoa, Grape, and Caramel
Sol y Café (Sun and Coffee) is a co-operative of approximately 1,200 small farms in the Northern regions of Peru.
Sol y Café’s motto is “We are Quality. We are Family.”
Every employee of the company is either a producer themselves or has direct familial ties to producers.
This is an outstanding Fair Trade Organic Peruvian coffee, and every purchase directly benefits the farmers and their families.
General Flavor Observations
Peru Sol y Café
This wonderful Organic and Fair Trade Peru Sol y Café coffee exhibits a creamy mouth-feel with a round, full body.
The aroma is slightly spicy, and the finish is clean and sweet, with a pleasant, mild acidity.
The coffee offers a profile with notes ranging from caramel, cocoa, mild spice, and soft fruit, depending on the roast level you choose.
In trying to pinpoint the fruit, I finally settled on a Scuppernong.
A Scuppernong is a type of Muscadine grape found in the Southeastern USA, and widely available in our area of North Carolina.
It is commonly used for making wine, jams, jellies, etc., and has a wonderful, sweet taste.
It is different than grocery store grapes in that the flavor is more rich and deep.
In the coffee profile, the sweetness is more subtle and is a perfect complement to the caramel and chocolate notes.
Overall, I found this coffee provided an excellent cup; very well balanced, smooth, and easy to drink.
Peru Sol y Café, sunshine in a cup!
Roast Level Profile Notes
Peru Sol y Café
My favorite roast level for this FTO Peru Sol y Café coffee is a Full City
We are always happy to accommodate any roast level you prefer.
The notes below illustrate how changing the roast will alter the profile.
City Roast (light roast)
This lighter roast will bring out pleasant herbal qualities and notes of cinnamon and cocoa, with hints of grape, and perhaps lemon, on the finish.
The body will be medium, and the finish bright and a little tart (acidity).
Full City Roast (medium roast) - Preferred
This roast level will provide the best overall balance between body, acidity, and flavor attributes.
Here you will find that nice Scuppernong sweetness and creamy mouth-feel, with plenty of cocoa and caramel.
The body is full; the finish smooth and round with a mild acidity.
Full City (+) Roast
This is also a great roast level and will provide more of a dark chocolate quality.
The mouth-feel is smooth and remains creamy, and the body is full, but with more depth, and the acidity is very mild with a longer finish.
A Vienna roast will provide a syrupy mouth-feel, with pointed dark chocolate tones in a full rich body.
The finish is long and tapered with mild sweetness and soft acidity.
A French roast will be similar to Vienna, but you will mostly perceive dark Chocolate and little else. I can't really recommend it.
Peru Sol y Café
Sol y Café is an association of small producers (farmers), whose purpose is to contribute to the development of the association and particularly to his family and community.
The association has a particular focus on the prioritization of agricultural activities, preserving the environment, sustainable development, and social responsibility.
A large portion of the services Sol y Café provides comes in the form of aid for the producers.
The medical facility provides regular check-ups, monitors vitals (checking blood pressure and cholesterol), and can screen women for Ovarian cancer. Upon evaluation at the facility, if a medical condition is diagnosed beyond its capabilities, the medical staff will refer the member to a doctor in Jaen, and provide medical loans if necessary.
The co-operative actively pursues initiatives that focus more on preventative care, distributing nutrition information and best-practices for personal hygiene, to better care for the farmers and their families.
Additionally, children of members can also receive academic loans to pursue schooling in a coffee-related field with the stipulation that upon completion, they utilize their knowledge and efforts to better their family’s farm.Fair Trade
- guarantees that a premium price will be paid to the farmers, regardless of market conditions, effectively providing them with a 'living wage.'Organic
- Organic certification means that the coffee has been certified by a third-party agency as having been grown and processed without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or similar chemicals.
- Origin: Peru
- Region: Cajamarca, provinces of Jaen and San Ignacio
- Traceable: Sol y Café Association
- Elevation: 2,953 - 6,562 ft.
- Process: Fully Washed
- Drying: Sun Dried on patios
- Varietal: Typica, Caturra, Pache, Mondo Novo, Bourbon, Catuai, and Catimor
- Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade