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Discourse & Dissent is a box set series of two rotating coffees from different areas of the tasting spectrum. Our fourth set of the series features two differently processed coffees.
We launched the Discourse & Dissent box as an opportunity for us all to consider freedom,freedom to and freedom from. We live in a time when the basic freedoms that are supposed to be guaranteed to all are being tested, called out for their deep, historical, and present-day shortcomings, false uses, and manipulations. At the same time, many in our society are using the freedoms that we do have to push and drive our representatives and society as a whole to become more equal. We are proud of freedoms that we do have, yet know how flawed they are and that it is our duty to create and insist upon the opportunity for freedom for every single person in our society.
Discourse and dissent have played key roles in the foundations and building of the better parts of our society since our inception. Discourse and dissent drive us forward, closer to freedom, practices that our nation is founded upon, and that we need to cultivate as norms in our society, knowing they are basic elements of patriotism.
In this round, we get to explore two different regions of Peru. Our menu currently features two small lots from the regions of Cajamarca and Cusco, and both departments have small but distinct differences. Peru is relatively new to coffee compared to some regions of South America, but the quality is increasing at exponential rates. Peru boasts incredibly high elevation thanks to the nearby Andean mountain range, and truly beautiful valleys and growing regions; all of these components combine to create a growing environment that helps produce truly quality coffee. Each department brings its own unique flavor profile to the table. Cajamarca brings us jammy fruit flavors that play perfectly with that traditionally sweet chocolatey profile that defines Peruvian coffee. Cusco brings us some of that same fruit, but with sweet vanilla, cinnamon, and honey qualities.
Cajamarca, where producer Guisela Bustamante Jibaja’s farm is, is in the northern part of Peru and part of the Andean range. The high altitudes are perfect for coffee plants, and the coffees from this region feature beautifully smooth and sweet cups with chocolate and caramel notes at the front. Guisela has been producing coffee for 8 years in the community of San Pablo, and like other producers in the area has been involved in coffee production and land stewardship her entire life. Her coffee is vibrant and well-rounded; expect juicy berry flavors like wild black raspberry, with notes of concord grape, molasses, and milk chocolate.
The southern Perúvian region of Cusco provides some of the highest altitudes in the coffee-growing world. Producer Juan Encalada Sumalave, who small-scale farms his five hectares at 1,600 MASL, brings to life an exemplary version of what high-grown Cusco coffee can be. It’s a daily drinker that fits solidly within the full-bodied and chocolatey spectrum, also offering a pleasing, balanced depth that we love. Notes of dark chocolate, Macintosh apple, and honey-cinnamon combine to create an experience that speaks to your entire coffee-loving crew!
Read the full story of how we came up with the series on theblog.