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Higher Grounds Coffee

Peru Norandino Decaf

Caramel, cocoa, dried fruit.

$18.75
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12oz / whole bean / free shipping

This dark-roasted decaf is loaded with flavors of caramel and cocoa, with hints of dried fruit and buttered pecans. It's slightly smoky, resonant, with sweet, mellow acidity and velvety, caramelized body, Great for sipping and for espresso as well..

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Country
PE
Region
Cajamarca
Town
Piura
Farm
Norandino Cooperative
Farmer
Smallholder producers
Elevation
1300-1800m
Variety
Other
Process
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder producers

A great decaf must first be a great coffee in its own right, like this one from the Norandino Cooperative. Norandino, founded in 1995, and has grown from the original 200 members to 3695, 673 of whom are women. Their goal is to sell 100% of their coffee to specialty markets, and they are the first co-op in Peru to have their own certified cupping lab.

Higher Grounds sent this lot of Norandino coffee to the Mountain Water Decaffeination plant, Veracruz, Mexico. Rather than using Instead of chemicals in the decaffeination process, Descamex uses carbon filtration and steam, recovering any oils that escape and adding them back to the decaf beans.

Cajamarca, Peru

High in the mists of the Northern Andes of Peru lies the Cajamarca region. Here the ancient Inca people ruled for centuries, and their descendants still possess gold, though not of the type which their last ruler, Atahualpa, once gave as his ransom. Coffees from here have been called “Cajamarca Gold.” The people are proud of their heritage and of their coffee, and work very hard to produce specialty quality beans.

Many towns in the Cajamarca region can be accessed only by gravel roads, which rains can render impassable. Electricity is not a given, nor is a telephone system readily available or reliable. Schooling and medical service, too, lags behind, but as coffee producers work with each other and their cooperatives, they are making improvements to their lives and communities.

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Traverse City, MI
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Higher Grounds Coffee

It all started with a trip to Mexico. Owner and co-founder, Chris Treter, was living and working among coffee farmers at the Maya Vinic cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico as part of a post-graduate internship in 2001. For the farmers, poverty and a lack of access to basic resources such as education and water were simply a way of life. As he neared the end of his internship, Chris asked his farmer friend, Jose Perez Vazquez, “How can we keep helping you?”

“You could sell our coffee,” said José.

And that’s exactly what Chris did. From selling Maya Vinic Co-op’s coffee at his local farmers’ market, Higher Grounds grew. Eventually they also sought out coffee from other sources and joined forces with a handful of other roasters to form an importing cooperative, Cooperative Coffees. Every trade relationship they have is modeled after that first one, and every year they still purchase from Maya Vinic. Furthermore, Higher Grounds Coffee donates 1% of their sales to On the Ground, their partner nonprofit. On the Ground empowers coffee farming communities through gender and social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic security.

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