At City+, nuanced roast tones compliment burned sugar, hazelnut, pecan cookie, dark caramel sauce, and a roasted barley tea note. A medium-bodied brew. City+ to Full City.
|Region||Carmo de Minas|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||February 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Appearance||.8 d/300gr, 16 - 18 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City|
Alta Vista Farm lies in the foothills of Serra da Mantiqueira, in the Carmo de Minas municipality. This area is known for coffee cultivation, with relatively good altitude for Brazil, and favorable micro climates for both growing and drying coffee. Alta Vista is 84 hectare farm that was started less than a decade ago, and taking 7th position at Brazil Cup of Excellence competition in 2007, just 3 years after being planted. This is an all Yellow Bourbon separation, a cultivar thought to have higher sugar brick count than the red variety, and this coffee definitely has a persistent sweetness to show. Pulp Natural coffees are often a bit easier to judge roast development, as they don't produce as much chaff, and have had most of the thin layer of fruit removed making for a more even physical coloring as you hit City roast. They also tend to have some acidity, whereas dry processing does much to mute this characteristic. We found City+ to be the ideal starting point for Alta Vista, which is where a balancing level of sweet and bittering roast tones are achieved.
The coffee from Alta Vista Farm presents a nice culmination of roasted nut and raw sugar aspects, the cup profile showing the most balance around City+ roast level. This is where nuances of roast tone compliment burned caramel aromatics, and hazelnut and pecan flavors are folded in nicely. The cup has a nice simple sweetness, touching on essence of burned caramel sensed in aroma. As it cools, the focal point remains centered around a nut and sugar core, like pecan cookie and dark caramel sauce, and a roasted barley tea onte comes through in the finish. Alta Vista is a medium-bodied coffee and works best as brewed coffee, and not necessarily ideal for espresso use.