Peru Gregorio TorrePERU-12-WB
Though obstacles came one after another, we're overjoyed to be able to say once more: Gregorio and Isabel Torre's coffee is here! Our relationship to the Torre family goes back several years. We were originally introduced to Gregorio, Isabel, and their four children through our good friends, Jerod and Hannah Snider, who were missionaries in Peru several years ago. When one of our team members, Alex, was able to visit the Torre's home and farm with Jerod back in 2019, we were able to see firsthand the joy and humility with which the Torre's lived their lives.
Although we weren't able to import the Torre family coffee this past year, we still remember the rich and complex chocolate-heavy profile of their coffee from years past. This year, though, is the first harvest we've had of theirs that was dried in the covered, raised beds that Gregorio built by hand. We're so honored to have been able to invest in Gregorio and Isabel's livelihood through funding the materials for the drying house.
While Gregorio's coffee was wonderful before, the quality of his coffee has truly been taken to a whole new level. Much like the conditions in which you proof a sourdough loaf can drastically impact the outcome of the loaf, so too do the conditions with which you process and dry coffee. While there is still a rich, balanced profile to this coffee, we're tasting more and more sweetness in the cup.
Gregorio's son, Eddy, has recently been increasingly involved in the growth of the Torre family farm. Just this year, he entered their coffee into the Peru Cup of Excellence and they were National Winners with a cupping score of 85.97 points. This is what coffee relationships are meant to be -- collaboration that leads to innovation, sustainable growth, and empowerment.