Fazenda Vista Alegre (FVA) is located near the town of Jaboticatubas, 60 Km from Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state of Minas Gerais. It's an almost legendary farm, known for it's unique approach to coffee cultivation in the dry Cerrado coffee belt of Brazil. And their premium coffee is the FVA Natural Dry coffee, a process where the coffee cherry is mostly dried on the tree before being picked. This long contact time with the plant system that has sustained it, means the cherry develops the sugars in it's fruit layer to the highest degree possible. It might explain why the FVA Natural Dry has a cup that is both elegant and intense. FVA is also unique in the combination of overhead and drip irrigation they use to ensure plant health, and to manipulate the cherry development, especially in the final stages of fruit formation. It also allows them to deliver plant nutrition directly where and when it is needed, and conserve water from evaporation. The Natural Dry is "finished" on a drying patio after picking, and then "conditioned" in indoor wood silos with clay roofs for 4-6 months. The intent is to produce a coffee with a deep, rounded flavor profile, weighty but soft on the palate. It is a very unique flavor profile! The dry fragrance has malty chocolate scents, a general spicy and savory character, with a hint of tamari sauce. The wet aroma has a warm spice, yeasty, malty-wheat character, rather like Saison beer. It has a buttery sweetness too, and a note of hay. It certainly bears out it's reputation as an exotic flavor profile. The cup has very low acidity, but it makes it no less unusual or intense, The mouthfeel is thick and weighty, there is essence of peach, stewed peach being prepared for pie, really. The weighty quality and a favorable aged character, a little oak, with the peach note gives the impression of brandy. It has a deep-toned sweetness, unlike other coffees, in a more food-like way; a bready sweetness. It's an odd combination of elegant flavors and rustic ones, there is an impression of denisity, thickness and rounded flavors, a beefy cup profile overall, with warming notes, and even a pleasant suggestion of leather. Perhaps that is why I think of Yemeni coffees, but it is so different than those wild lots, too. One thing for sure, FVA is a unique tasting experience, and for those who like low acidity coffees, Indonesias and such, and a hint of the rustic and complex, this might be the one for you!