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A lot has changed in the production of coffee in Peru since it was first introduced in the 1700's. Whilst the majority of farms are still family run small holdings of two or three hectares, the introduction of local co-operatives in the last 10 years means farmers have been able to consolidate their movement and now instead of hiking up to 8 hours by foot or by mule, they are able to sell and process their beans locally and avoid being subjected to exploitative trading practices.
Our Fairtrade Organic Peru comes from one of these co-operatives the Cooperativa Agraia de Productores Ecologicos San Ignacio (APESI). Established in 2012 it has 347 members based in the San Ignacio provence of Cajamarca. The Women of APESI are proud to produce coffee for the Cafe Femenino Program which has a huge impact on the daily lives of women by providing funding and support to create greater gender equality in families and communities. By linking with Fairtrade and Organic certification the Peruvian co-operatives have stimulated growth in their industry and are now the second largest supplier of Fairtrade certified coffee after Mexico.
In the cloud forest of the Andes, the ancient land of the Incas, coffee is grown as much as it has been for generations, with great care and great respect for the land. Our Peruvian coffee is grown organically in the shade of the lush jungle canopy. It has a well balanced flavour with a bright berry sweetness, hints of cherry and cocoa with a black currant finish.
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We often get asked about brewing the best coffee from your Bialetti.
So we put together this handy guide to ensure you get the very best from your stovetop coffee pot every day.
- Fill the lower chamber with cold water just below the valve.
- Insert the funnel and fill it with ground coffee (do not tamp). Remove any coffee grounds on the edge of the funnel.
- Tightly screw the upper part of the pot on to the base. Avoid using the handle for leverage.
- Select burner size to fit bottom of pot. For gas stovetop, make sure the flame is not larger than bottom of pot. The flame should not come around the sides of the pot.
- Place pot on the stovetop until the water boils and coffee begins to come out of the centre post. There will be a gurgling sound during this process.
- When the top of the pot is full of coffee, remove from stove. Hazel brown foam appears just seconds before the coffee is completely done.
- Before pouring coffee, stir it in the upper chamber with a small spoon to equalize all the different coffee layers for optimum flavour.
- Wash by hand with warm water.
- Dry thoroughly with towel.
- Do not reassemble the product until all parts are completely dry to avoid oxidation.
- Do not use soap or detergent.
- Do not use in dishwasher.
- Do not use steel wool or other abrasive products.
- Use coffee ground specifically for a stovetop coffee maker. Don't use too fine ground coffee or it will taste burnt.
- Periodically check the funnel, the filter plate and the washer for wear. Over time, they may need to be replaced.
- Never use the pot without water, if the pot burns dry it will need to be replaced.
- Never use other contents besides coffee like teas, cacao powder or instant coffee as it will clog the filter plate.
- If the heat is too high, coffee may have a burnt taste.
- Store coffee grounds in airtight container, away from sunlight.
Happy coffee drinking!
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