Visit the Sublime Coffee Plantations of Peru

You may associate Peru with a lot of things, such as Inca Cola, the Cuy, and the surprisingly diverse and exotic cuisines from various regions of Peru. However, you may not associate this Latin American country with coffee or coffee production. You will be surprised to learn that Peru is one of the top 20 coffee producers in the world, and is known to export the supreme Arabica beans to the international market. Read more..

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In Search Of Lima’s Best Coffee: Pt. 2

As my time in Lima draws to a close, it’s time to expand a coffee addict’s coffee shop round up. In case you missed the first take, make sure to check out part one here. As Lima begins its slow and steady expansion of its café culture, more coffee gems are bound to pop up. Until then, check out these new noteworthy addititions. [Continue reading…]

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In Search of Lima’s Best Coffee: Pt.1

If there is one thing us volunteers of Karikuy have in common, it’s our love of fresh, aromatic espresso based drinks. Unfortunately, coffee in this form is hard to come by as Limeños opt instead for instant Nescafé. The reason? Peru’s best coffee is exported — In 2009, Peru exported 4.8 million bags equalling 580 million dollars worth of coffee. That, coupled with Peru’s poor coffee growing infrastructure makes it almost impossible for coffee growers to fully respect the art of coffee making. But that’s changing as landowners and industry affiliates are creating cooperatives and becoming educated about the importance of coffee quality. [Continue reading…]

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