Peru, The New Colombia

Every year many thousands of people from all over the world travel to Peru to visit such spectacles as Machu Picchu, Chan Chan or the Nazca Lines, and yet they arent aware of another Peruvian marvel: coffee.

The coffee awarded as the best special coffee in the world in 2010 by the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) did not come from caffeine-famed Colombia, but rather from Peru. The coffee, called Tunki Coffee, comes from a small plot of land in Tunkimayo, a previously unheard of village in the province of Sandia, roughly 21 hours from Juliaca (near Puno, which is famous for being on the shore of Lake Titicaca).

The owner of the roughly seven and a half acres responsible for this glorious coffee is Wilson Sucaticona, a 40 year-old man of modest economic conditions and a father of three. Additionally, the farm producing Tunki Coffee is certified organic, Mr. Sucaticona is a member of the Rainforest Alliance, and he also abides by all international Fair Trade regulations.

In case you were wondering, the title of best special coffee in the world is not an easy one to come by; Tunki Coffee beat 139 other samples of coffee from some of the worlds most famous coffee producing countries, such as Colombia, Panama, Kenya, and Indonesia. In a two day taste test conducted by 30 world-renowned coffee judges, the coffee that was determined to have best united good acidity, good body, and a floral aroma was none other than the humble newcomer, Tunki Coffee, which only one year prior had won the national best coffee competition.

If you like a good cup of Joe, but youd like to try the best, you can expect to pay a pretty penny. Tunki Coffee is currently exported to the United States and the UK, and goes at around $1,000 the quintal (46 kg.) stateside, which comes to nearly $10 a pound (not including the costs of getting it to the store shelf or coffee shop). You may not be ready for such luxury in these times of financial trouble, which could be all the more reason to come to Peru where the worlds best coffee can be had for less than a dollar a cup!