Brazil Dry Process Santa Luzia Peaberry Lot 1

Brazil Dry Process Santa Luzia Peaberry Lot 1

Farm Description

Fazenda Santa Lucia is located in the growing-region of Campos Altos, the town itself sitting at 1000 meters, much higher than what is average altitude from much of the Cerrado region. This particular farm topping out right around 1200, and is planted in several different varietals, this particular lot being Red Bourbon. Much of the coffee is still manually picked, as part of the farm is situated on a slope, a grade that does not allow for mechanical harvesting. The farm is well-managed, with new milling facilities onsite and the infrastructure to process and store large and smaller lot separations. This particular coffee is naturally processed, meaning the whole cherry is picked from the tree and then laid out to dry for roughly 30 days, after which the dried cherry and parchment layer are mechanically removed. This type of processing tends to impart some fruited flavor on the seed, as well as mute acidity, and produce big body. This lot is one of two peaberry separations we procured from Fazenda Santa Luzia this year, a blend of the different cultivars they are growing on the farm. Roasting can be a little tricky, because there is usually much more chaff produced. Yes, chaff is messy, but more so, it is dark in color, and if still connected to the bean can give the impression that a coffee is darker than it actually is.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

A mild nut and unrefined sugar mix comes off the ground coffee, and of the two roasts I tasted, the darker of the two showed a balanced savory sweetness, falling somewhere between City+ and Full City roast level. There's a slight dried fruited smell when adding hot water, like black currant, but is nearly eclipsed by sugar browning and nutty roast tones. One of my roasts was a light City, which turned out to be much too light for this coffee, lacking the developed bittersweetness found in my deeper roast. The flavors in the darker roast showed a melding of nut and cocoa notes, hazelnut chocolate, macadamia, and almond note a few. There's is a subtle fruit accent too, but it's more like the fruited notes you get from some raw nuts, like hazelnut and Brazil nut. There's no accompanying dryness in the finish, and the cup flavors are particularly clean for Brazilian coffee. Nice cup, and I'd like to go back and taste at Full City next time around, which I imagine will also work well for espresso.

February 2018 arrival.



Lot Size

60 x 59 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City+


Dry Process



Grade & Appearance

Estate; .6 d/300gr, PB screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $192.50 ($3.85/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $370.00 ($3.70/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
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Unripe coffee on the farm of Finca Santa Luzia

Inside the well appointed dry mill of Santa Luzia

At the farm patios


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