Peru Herminio Ramirez Microlot
Tasting Notes: brown sugar, conference pear, heavy body
Region: Las Pirias, Chirnos
Altitude: 1,850 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Caturra, Mundo Novo
This is the second year we’ve purchased Herminio Ramirez’s coffee and we are so glad to have it again. Once again, it is clean and sweet with a syrupy mouthfeel that lingers long and luscious on the tongue. This is not a particularly fruity coffee—what stands out is its sweetness and creaminess—but there is a touch of sweet pear. If you loved our El Salvador Finca Bonanza, or if you like Brazilian coffees and want to try something a bit more refined, try this one out.
Ramirez owns just two hectares of land and he picks and processes all his own cherries. He is a young producer with an eye for detail that shows in the quality of his coffee. It’s remarkably sweet and clean, which is due to him picking only very ripe cherries and carefully drying them in a drying shed he built himself to preserve the bean’s natural sugars and flavour compounds.
Ramirez’s coffee has been brought to us by Falcon Peru. According to them, he was considering giving up on coffee production altogether because prices were so low for years and he wasn't seeing any reward for the effort he put into his farm. Falcon Peru works with small producers like Ramirez to open access to the specialty market, where they can receive the prices they deserve for their coffee.
Hear more about Falcon Peru and Ramirez in Season 2, Episode 2 of Behind the Beans, Steampunk’s podcast. In that episode our roaster, Rachel Beebe, talks to Head of Sales at Falcon, Line Cosmidis.