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Grains of Puno and Cajamarca seek to become the world’s best coffee


More than 25 organizations of Peruvian small coffee producers will travel to Portland (Oregon, USA) to show the qualities of our aromatic grain in the fair of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA for its acronym in English) to be held between April 19th and 22nd.

This event will also reward the best coffee in the world and in competition are two Peruvian beans. The first of the Sandia Valley Cooperative Central (Cecovasa), Puno, and the second of the Agrarian Coffee Cooperative of San Ignacio de Loyola (Casil), Cajamarca.

It is recalled that coffee of the area of Sandia Valley won first place in the 2010 edition.

The Minister of Agriculture Luis Ginocchio, highlighted the efforts made ​​by smallcoffee producers to bet on quality coffee, which has contributed to put o nshowcase our country not only by the cuisine and culture, but now also by coffee.

The president of the National Coffee Board (JNC), Cesar Rivas, highlighted the importance that Peruvian specialty coffee has achieved in the international market.

Source: El Comercio

Vote for Peru in the World Travel Awards

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Peru has been nominated for several South American categories in the World Travel Awards, such as best South American destination with Lima and Machu Picchu and best gastronomy.

To cast your vote, just go to, register yourself, my personal tip is tu uncheck all the checkboxes, so you won’t get undesired newsletters, and then select South America and vote for Peru in the categories mentioned above and some other available too.

Pisco won gold and silver medals in the Vinalies Internationales 2012

PiscoSource: El Comercio

One gold and five silver medals was the positive balance for Peru the at the eighteenth edition of the Vinalies Internationales 2012, organized by the Union of French Enologists.

Finca Rotondo and its Mosto Verde pisco Italia took the top prize of the contest (DOC Designation of origin Pisco). The list of silver medals went to  Viejo Tonel Italia, Panaka quebranta, Ocucaje torontel gran pisco selección mosto verde and quebranta of Finca Rotondo.  In the wine list, the silver medal went to a red Ocucaje vine : Don Virgilio reserve cabernet sauvignon.

Port of Callao will be modernized with an investment of US$ 780 million

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The modernization of the port of Callao will extend over the next ten years with an investment of 780 million dollars announced today the president of the National Port Authority (APN), Frank Boyle.

He explained that the planned investment in the concession to APM Terminals Callao, to improve the infrastructure of North Multipurpose Terminal, may be increased by about 100 million if the company requires it.
And if you consider “the option of undertaking the development of the West Terminal of the port of Callao, that the concessionaire may decide until 2016, the level of investment could rise to over 1,000 million dollars,” he said.

Improvements in the first and second stage of the North Terminal will begin in Mayand end in 2014, “while later phases will address the downtown area, where we have to develop the container yards,” he added.

The first two phases have a budget of US$ 206 million and 101 million, respectively,and will improve the grain unloading system and will also allow expanding the number of berths and install three super post panamax cranes.

Boyle also announced the addition in April of two new mobile cranes to speed upsupport container traffic.

The chairman of the APN made ​​the announcement the same day he met the improvement of the Quality Index Port of Peru in more than ten positions over the past four years, according to the Supervisory Body of Investment in Public Transport Infrastructure  (Ositran).

Sources: EFE, El Comercio

Chef Rafael Osterling and Baker Sandra Plevisani were enshrined in Gourmand Awards

Rafael Osterling, Sandra PlevisaniPhoto: El Comercio

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is the most important event of gastronomic literature, which every year awards the best culinary books of the world.  In the 2012 edition five Peruvian titles arrived as finalists and two of them were enshrined in their respective categories.

The event, which takes place in Paris, met in a preliminary stage to just over 7,000 titles, from 162 countries.

“Rafael. El chef, el restaurante, las recetas” (Rafael. The chef, restaurant, the recipes) by Rafael Osterling, was enshrined in the category of Best Chef Book. This book beat titles from Sweden, Britain and the United States. The text was published under the label Planeta.

Meanwhile, Sandra Plevisani won the category for best Latin American cook book for the title “El Gran Libro del Postre Peruano” (The Great Book of the Peruvian dessert), published by the Publishing Fund of San Martin de Porres University.

Also present at this final stage were Sara Beatriz Guardia gourmet with her book “La ruta de la papa. De los Andes peruanos a Europa. Historia, sociedad y cultura. Siglos XVI-XXI” (The Path of Potato. From the Peruvian Andes to Europe. History, society and culture. XVI-XXI, category Best Cookbook of the Year). Also, “La cocina mágica asháninca” (The magical Ashaninka kitchen) by Pablo Macera and Henry Casanto, for Best Illustrated Book and “El arte de la cocina peruana II” (The Art of Peruvian Cuisine II) by Tony Custer.

Source: El Comercio

Foreign investment in Peru accumulated a record of U.S. $ 7,659 million in 2011

Photo: El Comercio

In accordance with 13 years of cummulative growth, a new indicator of 2011 has been revealed.

Foreign investment in Peru rose to U.S. $ 7,659 million in 2011, an amount thatrepresents a record investment captured by the Peruvian economy, reported the Central Reserve Bank (BCR).

In a statement, the issuing entity specified that the amount achieved last year washigher by U.S. $ 331 million from 2010, which implies an increase of 4.5%.

Also, the result was due mainly by increased reinvested earnings of foreign firms in the country by U.S. $ 4,986 million and an increase in headquarters loans of U.S. $ 2,403 million.

Also, the monetary authority said that foreign investment in the country amounted to U.S. $ 1,987 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, a result that is explained by agreater reinvestment (U.S. $ 1,469 million), net lending to the matrix (U.S. $ 410million) and contributions and other capital operations (U.S. $ 109 million).

Source: El Comercio