Coffee Cedros - Peru


SCA Score 86+

A fruity and lively proposition with a smooth cocoa finish, this coffee highlights the terroir of its origin as well as the care and attention invested by its producers.

Certified organic farming

Roasting for ALL METHODS
Producer: Cedros Cooperative
Tasting notes: Blueberry, Tropical Fruit, Cocoa / Sweet and Dense
Variety: Caturra, Catimor

Altitude: 1550 – 2020m

Process: Nature

Cajamarca region, Peru

Cajamarca terroir

The Cajamarca terroir in Peru offers an exceptional backdrop
for the cultivation of specialty coffee. Nestled in the mountains
Andean, this region benefits from high altitudes, soils rich in
nutrients and an ideal microclimate. Coffee trees, cultivated with care
by dedicated farmers, produce grains of high quality
exceptional. The Cajamarca harvests are characterized by their
floral and fruity aromas, lively acidity, and refined sweetness. THE
unique terroir of this Peruvian region is a treasure for
coffee lovers looking for a sensory experience



Cedros is a relatively small cooperative, with around 300 members, that invests heavily in specialty coffee production, offering micro-lots of coffee produced by individual farmers as well as superb, high-quality blends. The coffees come from several small producers, each with farms of 1 to 3 hectares at high altitudes in the Cajamarca region, located between 1500 and 2000 meters above sea level. The main varieties grown are Caturra, Catuai, Pache and Bourbon. Farmers have their own processing facilities where they carry out pulping, fermentation, washing and drying of the coffee. Fermentation typically lasts 15 to 48 hours, and drying takes 12 to 25 days.

For a batch to be eligible for blending, it must score above 86 points during tasting, exhibit quality physical characteristics, and meet our moisture and AW standards to maximize its shelf life. Deliveries may vary in quantity, and each batch is evaluated individually before being approved as part of this quality blend.

All coffees are certified organic, and producers also receive a significant quality premium for coffee delivered to this location.

Your frequently asked questions

How do I store my coffee?

To keep your coffee fresh and tasty, here are some tips:

Store it properly: Coffee should be stored in an opaque airtight container, preferably glass or ceramic. Avoid transparent containers, as light can affect the quality of the coffee. Also, make sure the container is tightly closed to avoid exposure to air.

Keep it away from heat, light and humidity: Coffee is sensitive to heat, light and humidity, as they can accelerate the spoilage process. Keep your coffee in a cool, dark place, like a cupboard, and avoid storing it near the stove or any other heat source.

Don't put it in the fridge: Contrary to popular belief, storing coffee in the fridge is not recommended. Humidity and odors from the refrigerator can alter the taste of the coffee. Additionally, coffee tends to absorb flavors from other foods in the refrigerator.

Grind the coffee just before use: If you buy coffee beans, it is best to grind it just before preparing it. This preserves the freshness of the aromas. If you buy pre-ground coffee, be sure to consume it within a reasonable amount of time to enjoy its optimal flavors.

Stick to the recommended use-by date: Coffee has a recommended shelf life, which is usually indicated on the packaging. Try to respect this date to fully appreciate the freshness of the coffee. However, keep in mind that coffee quality may begin to deteriorate a few weeks after the roast date.

By following these tips, you will be able to preserve the freshness and flavor of your coffee for a longer period of time. Enjoy every cup of delicious coffee!

What is a score?

The Specialty Coffee Association of America, created by Erna Knutsen, defines a rating grid* (The Green Arabica Coffee Classification System (GACCS)) consisting of physical and sensory criteria to assess the quality of a coffee.

The SCA score is based on a tasting scale that rates different aspects of coffee, such as aroma, taste, acidity, body and aftertaste (aftertaste). Each aspect is scored individually and then an overall score is given to the coffee.

The SCA scoring system ranges from 0 to 100, where a coffee gets a higher score if it exhibits higher quality characteristics. Specialty coffees, which are considered the highest quality coffees, typically have an SCA score of 80 or higher.

On a scale of 100 points, a coffee is said to be "specialty" if it obtains a score of at least 80:

+ 88 Grand Cru coffees

+85 Exceptional coffee

+80 Very good specialty coffee

A specialty coffee therefore meets three minimum requirements:

  • Hand picking of ripe beans only.
  • Rating 80 or more/100
  • No major defects and less than 5 minor defects.
Which intensity to choose?

The choice of coffee strength mainly depends on your personal preferences in terms of coffee taste and strength. The intensity of a coffee is often associated with its flavor profile and level of roast.

Here are some tips to help you choose the strength of your coffee:

Light to Medium: If you prefer a milder coffee with less body and more acidity, opt for a coffee with a light to medium strength. These coffees tend to have more delicate flavors and more subtle aromas. They are generally suitable for people who prefer lighter, less full-bodied coffees.

Medium to strong: If you're looking for a balance between sweetness and intensity, medium to strong coffees might suit your preferences. They generally offer a good compromise between more pronounced flavors and more complex aromas, without being too strong.

Full-bodied to full-bodied: If you like strong, robust coffees with a full body and bold flavors, full-bodied to full-bodied coffees will be your go-to. These coffees are often associated with darker roast profiles, with hints of caramel, dark chocolate or smoke.

Remember that these guidelines are general and the flavor profile may vary depending on coffee growing region, roasting method and other factors. It can be helpful to experiment with different coffees and strengths to find the one that best suits your personal tastes.