La Lucuma - Marshell

Rare & Exclusive lot (87+ points)

La Lucuma, Cajamarca, Peru – Natural Marshell

– “An extremely rare and exotic varietal developed by a progressive and award-winning producer Marcelino Chinguel”. 

What to expect in the cup

Strawberry, marshmallow, rose. Very sweet like Turkish delight with silky mouthfeel and elegant floral candy complexity.


This is the second year of producing the newly developed and extremely rare Marshell variety that Marcelino planted in 2018 on his farm. This lot is processed as natural and after picking is hand sorted, floated and left to rest for 16 hours before laid out to dry on raised beds in the solar drier for around 20 to 30 days. Marshell was created from a triple cross between Rume Sudan with Sarchimore, whose offspring was then crossed with Villa Sarchi. Its complex genetic diversity created a rust resistant variety with a very good cup quality, plus adding the big increment in its productivity. Interesting fact – last year we purchased this same lot under the name of Ethiosar variety, but under lab investigation by the World of Coffee Research – they have established that it actually wasn’t exactly Ethiosar and Marcelino had to change it’s name to Marshell. This is a rare coffee, processed extremely well and it delivers stunning clarity and complexity in the cup.
Don Marcelino Chinguel had been growing coffee for most of his life, well over forty years, despite that he is always willing to explore and change his way of thinking, and this lot represent that spirit, this is the first lot produced by the Marshell variety that Marcelino planted on his farm. On the farm, La Lucuma, he lives with his family and they are taking care of most of the work that need to be carried out, hiring eight pickers only during the harvest. Within the family they had been spreading the workload in specific areas of responsibilities. Marcelino is taking care of the administration and sales duties, his wife manage the post harvesting protocols, Franklin the oldest son is in charge to overview the picking, and the youngest son Yocner is the QC manager. It’s our second year working with Marcelino and his family and it’s fair to say that this is most probably the finest of all Peruvian coffees we have tasted up until now.