Balanced flavors of raw sugar, layered chocolate roast tones and nutty sweetness, hints of chocolate hazelnut spread, marzipan, and nut brittle. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Carmo de Minas|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||December 2020 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Yellow Bourbon|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15-17 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
This coffee comes to us from the region of Pedralva, in the Mantiqueira micro region, an area that boasts over 2000 small to medium estate farmers. We're talking 5 to 50 hectares of land, and even 50 is quite small for Brazil, home to massive estates with fully mechanized harvesting operations. Many of the farmers in Pedralva still do some manual picking, allowing for better separation of ripe and underripe cherry. This particular lot is from Pedra Branca, a processing facility that was erected as part of a quality-focused initiative, providing the local farmers state of the art processing infrastructure where they can process smaller batch sizes. The facility is equipped to produce both pulp-natural and dry-processed coffees, this being the former. The farms are located around the Pedra Branca mountains, plantings in the 1100 - 1400 meter range and planted mainly in Yellow and Red Bourbon and Yellow and Red Catuai - this is a Yellow Bourbon separation.
We're pleased with this Pedra Branca coffee, a cup that strikes a balance between unrefined sugar sweetness and roasted nut tones typical of the region. I think City+ is a good starting point in terms of roast level, the dry fragrance offering glimpses of raw sugar and roasted nut smells. Adding hot water draws out a smell of caramelized banana, and a nutty sweetness lifted in the steam. The cup has bittersweetness you expect from Brazil, underlying cacao-like accent notes with brown sugar sweetness balancing the bittering coffee qualities. I pick up on hints of chocolate hazelnut, along with almond confection, like marzipan, in the finish. Full City cups express layered cocoa flavors in the cup all the way through the long aftertaste, interspersed by roasted almond and nut brittle notes. This coffee cups with body and heft at City+ and Full City+ and will make a great espresso, perfect for a cappuccino, or on its own.