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September Journal: Organic Peru

Background: Bosques de Neblina is a Cajamarca-based organization that just keeps growing. What began as a group of 45 small producers in 2016 has quickly evolved into a collective of 174 members, of which 127 are organic farmers, and 47 are in transition. Their mission is to improve the lives of Bosques de Neblina members through training, technical assistance, logistics, and marketing while establishing a reputation on the regional and world stage as a driver for constant improvements in the value chain.

Peru is a top producer of fair trade and certified organic coffees – two key distinctions that help differentiate Peru green coffee from the highly competitive exports coming out of its neighboring countries. Organic farming on its own, however, can be a costly venture for farmers, starting with a three-year downtime as they transition their land.

What Does Coffee From Peru Taste Like?

Peruvian coffee beans thrive in the high altitudes of the Andean peaks, slowly maturing into incredibly sweet cherries that are hand-picked for maximum ripeness. Coffee from Cajamarca is known for sweet cup profiles, and this organic lot from Bosques de Neblina is full of dark chocolate, brown sugar, and walnut notes accentuated by mild acidity and a soothing heavy body.

GEOGRAPHY: Region San Ignacio, Cajamarca Altitude 1300-2000

PRODUCER: Neblina del Nororiente Peruano

VARIETY: Caturra, Bourbon, Typica, Pache


HARVEST TIME: March to November


We are Sam & Hannah the sister duo behind Verso l'alto Coffee Roasters. Passionate about combining our love of roasting fresh, small batch coffee and the "Verso L'alto" message of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, we decided to launch our family business in July 2020. Verso l'alto Coffee Roasters is more than just a business to us; it is our way of sharing our love of this craft while subtly evangelizing one cup of coffee at a time.


"It has been a joy not just roasting and selling the beans but also creating a brand around the business. Sam and I love to incorporate a blend of California vibes and our Midwest roots in our branding to give our customers a more personal touch when they purchase and brew our coffee."

- Hannah



HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Would you like to help us grow our family business? There are many ways to help us spread the word about our Verso l'alto Coffee and to directly help our Catholic, family business grow.

1) SUBSCRIBE! Personal monthly subscriptions are our primary revenue source and are crucial to keeping us in business. We are so grateful for each and every subscriber who supports our Verso l'alto Coffee!

2) INFORM your friends! Tell your friends and family about Verso l'alto Coffee. If you have Instagram please share our family business on Instagram @versolaltocoffeeroasters

3) SUBSCRIBE your business or organization! Verso l'alto sells bulk coffee subscriptions so you can share our freshly roasted coffee with everyone in the office. We would love to provide the coffee that fuels your organization's events/meetings. Please help us grow by considering us to be your coffee provider! If you are not in a position to make a subscription but think we'd be a good fit for your group, please share the name and contact information of the appropriate person in your organization and we will be happy to reach out.

4) Consider Verso l'alto for GIFTS! Verso l'alto provides customizable coffee bags for personal and organizational events and major holiday events throughout the year, including Christmas and Mother's and Father's Days. This is a great way for us to expand access to our product to new coffee lovers everywhere.

Verso L'alto Pour Over Coffee Bar at the Napa Institute, Summer 2022

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Ric Smith
Ric Smith
Sep 24, 2023

Send me a bag of Peru next month. Thanks.

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