Introducing Oxapampa Gesha and NARSA Natural Peruvian Craft Coffees

December 21, 2023 (Published: September 25, 2020)
Rooftop coffee drying beds at NARSA

We’re proud to introduce two Peruvian craft coffees to our 2020 line of direct trade coffees.

We sourced Oxampampa Gesha and NARSA Natural coffees through NARSA, a coffee co-op headquartered in Peru’s Junin region.

 “Direct trade relationships allow us to buy exceptional coffees that might otherwise go undiscovered. Working directly with growers also helps us make a positive impact on coffee-growing communities.”

Founder and President Greg Ubert

NARSA Natural Dried on Rooftop Drying Beds

Rooftop coffee drying beds at NARSA

Our new NARSA Natural is a blend of Caturra, typica, bourbon, and Catimor varieties. It was grown by the Huachurunto family in Alto Sanchirio.

After picking the ripe cherries, the NARSA crew used stainless steel tanks to run a controlled fermentation for 48 hours. They then transported the coffee to dry on NARSA’s rooftop drying beds.

“Peru isn’t known for fruit-dried coffees, but for the third year in a row we have found another standout,” said Director of Sustainability Brandon Bir.

“We find tons of deep dark fruit complexity in this cup with notes of watermelon candy and spice.”

We recommend brewing light-roasted NARSA Natural with a Hario v60 brewer using 24 grams of finely ground coffee to 400 grams of water (including 40 grams of bloom water).

Cherry-Dried Oxapampa Gesha a 2021 Good Food Award Finalist

Good Food Award Finalist Logo

“For the second year in a row, cherry-dried Oxapampa Gesha is one of my favorite coffees,” Brandon said. “We are thankful that grower Hector Portocarrero shares his exceptional Gesha with us.

“With notes of florals, mango, pineapple and other tropical fruits, this coffee could compete against the best in the country,” he added.

Oxapampa Gesha was named a finalist in the 2021 Good Food Awards, which recognize the country’s best tasting and most responsibly sourced coffees.

In 2019, Oxapampa Gesha took home two medals at the Golden Bean North America competition, contributing to the roaster’s Small Franchise/Chain Roaster Championship.

We recommend brewing light-roasted Oxapampa Gesha with a Hario v60 brewer using 27 grams of finely ground coffee to 410 grams of water (including 40 grams of bloom water).

NARSA and Friend2Farmer

Crimson Cup has been working with NARSA (NEGOCIACIONES AGROINDUSTRIAL AREVALO S. A.) since 2014 as a part of our unique Friend2Farmer initiative.

We make economic, environmental and social impacts in coffee farming communities through this direct trade strategy.

NARSA Founder Don Julio Abel Arevalo Tello and his team focus on helping small coffee and cacao farmers in Peru’s Central Highlands and Amazon regions gain market access throughout Peru and beyond.

 “By pushing cup quality and crop health as a means to a more sustainable industry, NARSA aligns perfectly with Crimson Cup’s commitment to quality and sustainability,” Brandon said.

Where to Find Our Peruvian Craft Coffees

Crimson Cup Oxampampa Gesha and NARSA Natural coffees are available at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Columbus and Tallmadge, Ohio. Order for pickup through the Crimson Cup App.

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