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When people from around the world think about Peru, they think about our rich history and world-famous archeological sites such as Machu Picchu. Recently, however, what comes to mind may be the tasty and flavorful coffees that this fertile nation has developed over the last two centuries. In fact, this South American country has become one of the top exporters of coffee around the world. This success stems from Peru's variety of climates, responsible management of the coffee fields, and permanent quality and productivity controls. All of these factors result in a coffee of the highest quality, grown with utmost care by the hands of family farmers.

Our different regions and twenty-eight microclimates make Peru ideal for cultivating some of the finest coffees in the world. The Peruvian coffee industry's greatest asset is the Andes mountain range that stretches north to south across the whole mainland. Ninety-eight percent of the coffee fields are located in the mountain range with three-quarters of the crop grown at elevations between 3,900 feet and 6,500 feet above sea level; most production occurs from April to August when temperatures are ideal for growing at that elevation. Though the majority of production occurs during those months, the different elevations and microclimates in the Andes allow coffee to be harvested year-round.

The three different coffee producing areas in the Peruvian Andes are the northern, central and southern sections. The northern region accounts for more than half of Peru's overall production and includes the regions of Cajamarca, Amazonas, San Martin, Piura and Lambayeque. The central region has 28% of the production and includes Junin (Chanchamayo), Pasco (Villarica), and Huanuco. The southern regions of the country such as Puno, Cusco and Ayacucho represent 17% of total production. Every specific region creates its own special flavor, aroma, and quality; and the producers from each region include their own special traditions and customs to produce a unique variety of coffees. While about three quarters of the beans are Typica and Caturra species, 20% are Catimadores, Pache and Bourbon varieties providing coffee connoisseurs a broad selection of distinct, gourmet flavors from Peru.

In addition to providing many different varieties of coffee, Peru is also recognized as a leader in the production and export of coffees certified by Fair Trade International, Rainforest Alliance and other agencies concerned with social and environmental responsibility. Of the 425,000 hectares used for farming, 36% is certified as land where social and environmental responsibility is practiced. The Peruvian coffee business also complies with international guidelines to help provide a stable income for 223,000 Peruvian families. In all aspects of production, Peru is commied to protecting the everyday farmer and the sanctity of the rain forest.

We are proud to have been nominated as the official 2014 Portrait Country, and we welcome aendees from all over the world to join us in Seale at the SCAA show. While at the show, please come by our booth for a taste of Peru.

Our delicious and distinct hot coffee will be waiting for you!

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