The future looks bright for Peru´s coffee industry. After years of being plagued by the insidious disease, coffee rust, Peru´s coffee crops have finally returned to health and seem better than ever.
Many Peruvians depend heavily on the success of the coffee plant as their source of livelihood. Unfortunately, during the years of hardship, around 250,000 families found themselves in tough times, as around 60% of the coffee crops were destroyed.
However, in 2017 this hardship seems almost distant. This year alone, Peru´s coffee industry is predicted to see a 20% growth. Additionally, a coffee grower from Puno was given the award for ¨Best Coffee in the World¨ at the Global Specialty Coffee Expo 2017 in Seattle last month.
The grower, Raúl Mamani, is no stranger to success. In both 2013 and 2015, he was crowned champion at the XII National Championship for Coffee. With these previous awards and his recent win in Seattle, Mamani has helped to put Peru back on the map in the international coffee scene.
It seems that Peru is not only ready to make a comeback, but dominate the international specialty coffee industry in the years to come.