Brazil Daterra Farms Sweet Yellow

Brazil Daterra Farms Sweet Yellow

Farm Description

Daterra Farms is a remarkable presence in the Brazilian coffee world ...and the entire coffee world, actually. Here we find one of the most innovative cultivators of coffee, where each step is scrutinized, rethought, reinvented. It is more of a coffee research institute than a farm! Well, that's not true ... like all farms the coffee tree predominates, but here we have each plot marked off in terms of what "experiment" is currently being conducted to improve cup quality. When I visited there were plots of huge 20 foot tall "native" coffee trees, then pure Catuai cultivar areas, Icatu, Mundo Novo and other cultivars I have never encountered. And then there were the old traditional cultivars, Typica and Bourbon. We cupped a range of their coffees and, instead of selecting Yellow Bourbon as we have in the past, we found the best cup in their Sweet Yellow blend. Sweet Yellow? It's a blend of Yellow cultivars, Bourbon and Icatu, great for brewed coffee and espresso! Like our previous Daterra lots, this is a vacuum packed coffee that underwent Penta system preparation as the Reserve. What's Penta? It's central component is Daterra's system to sort coffee under black florescent lights, with added defect removal steps, store in special warehouses optimized for coffee, locking in the moisture content in the green coffee with vacuum packaging, boxing and shipping. Perhaps it is the future of green coffee, primarily because coffee must be transported through humid zones in the origin country and (especially if the container of traditional burlap bags gets waylaid at port) can result in the coffee taking on moisture; it's a bad thing.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This coffee is versatile, for espresso single origin espresso, espresso blends, or brewed coffee. The dry fragrance has caramel/molasses and warm spice, caraway, a sweet-savory scent (umami). The wet aroma is like honey on toasted bread, and a bit of anise on the break. The brewed cup is very balanced and mild, with soft acidity, caramel and malty grain sweetness, and highly viscous body. There's an interesting nutty note, somewhat like toasted sunflower seed. The espresso has balanced chocolate bittersweet, cocoa powder, creamy body, and (at FC roast) a nice bright, pointed accent that is neither citric nor fruited. It has a malty tone, and is perfect as a base to use with an accent coffee, an Ethiopia for example.

Chris Schooley adds: Sweet whiskey notes with mild leather, dark cocoa and honey and a touch of salty butter in the finish. The body reminds me of a Stout style beer or even a chocolate phosphate soda, just slightly effervescent under all the bold malty flavors.



Roast Recommendations

For brewed coffee, the light roasts are excellent, and for espresso, we recommend FC+, no darker. Use gentle heat initially, ramping up in the middle, and ebbing at 1st crack.


Pulp Natural


Icatu     Yellow Bourbon    

Grade & Appearance

.2 defect per 300 grams, 17-18 screen; an expert preparation with near zero defect.


Vacuum Packed at Origin
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Parchment coffee in rest (reposo) at Daterra mill

With the experimental plot of unpruned trees at Daterra

Gustave shows us the soil composition, at Daterra

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