Pumpkin spice notes, creamy chocolate mouthfeel, a dusting of cocoa powder and orange pekoe tea. Slightly tannic finish with tea-like dryness and walnut skins. Wonderful as SO espresso even at City+ levels with floral clarity and raisiny sweetness. City+ to Full City.
This is a special micro-lot from Fazenda Sertao, designated Bastiao Nunes. It's all Yellow Bourbon variety, and was part of a special auction that Carmo coffees held a few months back. Fazenda Sertao has been a favorite coffee of ours for a long time. The farm is owned by Nazareth Dias Pereira, and located in Carmo de Minas. The coffee has placed 8 times in the Cup of Excellence, which indicates I am not the only one who thinks this farm has some great coffee. This 235 hectare farm is situated at 1250 meters average, and has a mix of varietals including Bourbon, Acaia, and Icatu. As mentioned, this auction lot is pure Yellow Bourbon, from the Bastiao Nunes block of the farm, located at 1300 meters. It was vacuum packed at origin to insure it arrived as fresh as the original auction samples.
Dry fragrance has an interesting savory sweetness, like tamari-flavored almonds, with a caramel-molasses sweetness, and chocolate pretzel in the darker roast levels. Wet aroma has a slight winey fruit, malty sweetness, pecan nut, and more umami-like notes as well. The cup is classic Brazil, loaded with nut roast tones in the lighter roasts, and cocoa-chocolate as you near second crack. But the Bastiao Nunes microlot is very clean for a pulped natural Brazil, with moderate orange-lemon brightness hinting at the higher than average altitude of the farm. The body is creamy, and the finish slightly tannic and dry with tea and walnut skins. There are pumpkin spice notes in the middle roast range, but Full City was my favorite level, with combined creamy chocolate mouthfeel and a dusting of cocoa powder and orange pekoe tea. Straight espresso from Bastiao Nunes can be amazing we actually loved the City+ roast as espresso, although it was quite bright, it was very clean, raisiny sweet, almost floral.