Fazenda Borgas is a nice basic Brazil, caramel sugar sweetness, roasted nut, and bittering cacao notes. Viscous body makes it a great option for espresso, and for those who enjoy milk drinks. City+ - Full City+. SO Espresso.
This coffee is from Carmo de Minas region, adjacent to the large farm we have bought many times, that of Nazareth Dias Pereira. It is from Fazenda Borgas and is all Yellow Bourbon variety. While there are other areas in Brazil that produce some fine coffees in respect to the classic Brazil flavor profile, I feel we have found consistently good lots in the Carmo zone. Here there is a bit more altitude than most of the Cerrado coffees, and certainly more than Mogiana farms. The terrain in Carmo is more like Central America, whereas the other zones are broad flat plains, better suited to large farms and mechanical picking methods. The cultivars are generally the same as the other zones, but I feel the processing, while still on a large scale, has a good quality focus. And with the attention given to keeping lots separated by day and varietal, we have the ability to contain any issues with the coffee that might arise along the way.
At Full City, the dry grounds of Borgas smell like caramelizing sugars and cinnamon, with a touch of aromatic wood. The wet grounds have a nice blend of brown sugar and roasted almond, and more of the wood smell, like cut cedar. As a brewed coffee, this Brazil does best around Full City, lots of caramel sugar and roasted nut, and bittering cacao notes. There's a mild acidity too, not so much "bright", but like black tea. Palpable viscosity makes this a great espresso option, and also a good coffee for milk drinks.