Andean Ridge

Peru

Ancestral tradition for coffee

Peru is an organic coffee exporter

What to know about Peru as a coffee origin

  1. It is one of the four coffee origins that make up the Andean Dorsal coffee geography.
  2. It has 9 coffee growing regions, each with its own differentiated cup profile.
  3. 100% of its production is of the arabica species (coffea arabica).
  4. 6% of the cultivated land, 425,000 hectares, is planted with coffee trees.
  5. The most cultivated arabica varietals are Típica, Borbón, Caturra, Paché and Catimor.
  6. Its production is smallholder with thousands of families dedicated and dependent on its cultivation
Peruvian coffee cherries in sacks
Mountain view of Cajamarca, Andean locality
  1. Peruvian coffee has two protected designations of origin – PDO: Café Villa Rica and Café Machu Picchu-Haudquiña.
  2. At Mare Terra Coffee we import and distribute the Terras range of coffee produced in Peru.
  3. It is the seventh largest coffee producer in the world.
  4. The cultivation of coffee began in its territory at the beginning of the 18th century
  5. Harvests coffee from March to September and exports coffee throughout the year.
  6. The traditional and most entrenched method of processing coffee is called Lavado
  7. Most coffee plantations in Peru are cultivated between 1,200 and 2,000 meters above sea level.
  8. The standard size of green coffee bags in the country is 69 kilos, at Mare Terra Coffee we pack it, depending on the quality, in 60 kg, 30 kg and 5 kg
  9. The five main importing countries of Peruvian coffee are: United States, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and Canada.

World Producer

9

Coffee Regions

160

Thousand Coffee Growers

425

Thousand Hectares with Coffee Trees

Diversity of climates and landscapes are part of the coffee flavors of Peru

Coffee cultivation in Peru

The Peruvian topography stands out for its mountainous relief with the Cordillera de los Andes, the Cordillera Blanca and the Cordillera de Huayhuash, the last two being the highest peaks in the country.

Peru has 39 ecosystems that are generalized in four: Tropical Rainforest, Yunga Region, Andean Region and coast. Each of the regions possesses differentiated characteristics that are manifested in the cup profiles of their coffees.

The soils where coffee is grown in Peru are mainly volcanic and have great organic conditions that favor the cultivation and development of coffee plants.

Peru has varied climates due to its diverse territorial location and is influenced by the Andes mountain range.

The coastal zone has an arid subtropical climate and the Amazon zone has a humid climate with year-round rainfall.

The average temperature in the country ranges from 20º C to 30º C depending on the geographical area.

Rainfall in the country averages 200 mm per year.

Trabajadores trabajando la tierra para cosechar

The coffee economy has been relevant since the beginning of the 17th century and has been the engine of the Peruvian economy up to the present day.

Peru is pursuing a process of economic development in the national and international market, introducing its quality coffee and organic coffees to improve the well-being of the country’s society.

  • Coffee accounts for 5% of total Peruvian exports
  • Coffee’s contribution to Peru’s agricultural GDP is 5.6%.
  • The average farm size per producer is 3 hectares.
  • The equity ratio in coffee production in Peru is 7:3 (70% men and 30% women).
  • The average age of coffee farmers is between 57 and 60 years

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Peru, ancestral coffee tradition

Peruvian coffee growers feel love and passion for the cultivation of coffee, knowing that they have to take care of the smallest detail in their harvests in order to obtain extraordinary flavors.

The Peruvian culture full of traditions is descended from the Hispanic and native people: the Quechua and Aymara. The cultural legendary set is still part of today’s society and is reflected in the type of coffee growing in the country.

Peru is part of the UNESCO declaration regarding the Coffee Cultural Landscape – PCC – having as a starting point a commitment of responsibility that demands the recovery of the landscape deforested four decades ago to give way to an environmentally friendly coffee culture and to make the PCC a true factor of sustainable development.

Peruvians mainly consume soluble coffee, however consumption patterns are changing and the culture of ground coffee is gradually taking root. In this context, coffee consumption among young urban consumers is growing, with retail stores and large supermarkets being the main coffee sales channels in the country.

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