There is so much to love about this micro-lot coffee, but ultimately, it comes down to the people who tend to it and the place where it is born and bred.
Llama Mama is unique in a few respects. For one, it comes from Peru. Peru is probably most famous for the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu or the magnificent designs of Nazca that can only be seen from far overhead. Anyone who has had the opportunity to visit Peru and meet their residents would know that there is an extreme respect for Mother Earth, or as it is called in the native quechua, pachamama. While Peru isn’t known for their coffee (yet!), they do have a great respect for the female members of society and their power to create beautiful things all around and that is what drew us to these Caturra coffee beans in the first place.
Llama Mama all starts on a tiny farm owned by a woman called Susana Hurtdao Inga. She lives in the El Diamante village in San Jose de Lourdes on a very small, 1.5 hectare parcel of land up between 1,800 and 1,900 meters above sea level. Her micro-farm is shaded by banana trees and other native fruits, allowing her coffee just the right conditions to grow to a splendidly juicy quality.
Susana and her family pick the majority of the coffee themselves before loading it onto a small boat to bring it down river, away from their secluded parcel of splendor to dry and process at her friend Roger Chilcon Flores’ facility. He receives the cherries at around a 40% moisture level before drying it down to nearly 11%, which seems to be just right for Susana’s coffee cherries that grow in a region that is slightly damper than many of the other Peruvian coffee growing districts.
Production of this coffee is quite low and it tends to vary from grow to grow, but this year’s crop is absolutely exceptional. Bursting with dark fruit notes like blueberries, plums, and pomegranate, we think its one of the best coffees that we’ve recently tasted and it doesn’t hurt to know that we’re helping out a female owned business everytime that we take a deep, succulent sip.