|Region||Carmo de Minas|
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural)|
|Arrival date||November 2017 Arrival|
|Cultivar Detail||Yellow Bourbon|
|Appearance||.7 d/300gr 16 - 18 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Rinaldo Junqueira owns and operates Fazenda Furnas, an 80 hectare farm located in the Pedralva region of Carmo de Minas. The farm is situated in the highlands, topping out at 1300 meters and planted mainly in Yellow Bourbon and Catuai. Fazenda Furnas has a fairly modern infrastructure replete with a sustainable water recycling set up where water used to process the coffee is collected in a pond onsite which is then returned to be used for farming. This particular lot is natural process coffee. The climate in the area is ideal for producing naturals and this lot exemplifies this, producing a sweet, fruited, and rather 'clean' cup. We noticed a few full quakers in the 200 grams of roasted coffee. They're easily picked out, but honestly, aren't as noticeable in large batch brewing as the coffee has nut tones to begin with. Like most Brazilian coffees the cup quality is bolstered significantly with rest after roasting. We prefer at least 48 hours!
Pulcal Inteligente is a sweet and balanced cup, with enough top-note complexity to make it a 'highlight' Central American coffee. The dry fragrance has a high level of raw sugar sweetness, with notes of roasted almond and hazelnut spread. We found Full City sees a boost in fruited and cocoa notes, and even our City+ roast billowed a thick caramel smell in the steam off the wetted grounds, with a sweet fruit tea smell released on the break. We've come to expect a clean cup from Hacienda Pulcal, and this lot meets those expectations. When hot, the brewed coffee shows delicate but dense sweetness and apple-like acidity. As it cools, more malic fruit notes come out on top, underlying candied nut flavors, fading to a black tea with lemon taste in the finish. I'm surprised how one farm can produce such consistency from one lot to the next, and our approval rate is as high as it gets for the lots we taste from this farm (I think we approved 100% of what we tasted). As you near Full City, fruit notes have a dark sweetness, and are backed by rich bittersweetness that's like high % cacao bar. From City to Full City this makes a fantastic brewed coffee, showcasing the pristine coffees that are found in Antigua. Also doubles wonderfully as a SO (single origin) Guatemalan espresso, Full City shots are viscous in mouthfeel, dense dark cocoa flavors, and a grape note in the finish. If you like a bright shot, stay north of Full City and you'll be rewarded with a rindy orange note amidst bittersweet chocolate, and dried plum.