This is a special boutique micro-lot from Fazenda Cachoeira of the distinct Canario Bourbon cultivar. The farm has been in the Carvalho Dias family since 1890. They recently celebrated their 107th crop, and recently their Organic coffees have acheived some recognition in the BSCA Brazil Late Harvest Competition, among others. Fazenda Cachoeira (it means waterfall, which is why there is more than one Cachoeira farm) is located in S£o Paolo State 3 miles from the border with Minas Gerais State. It enjoys the typical characteristics of the mountainous Sul de Minas regions that have made it the "heartland" of Brasilian coffee for amany decades. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias, the owner, is also one of the leading Brazil_‹_s leading agronomists, an example of how it takes a very edu cated approach to tackle the challenges of organic coffee production. With a total area of 417 hectares, Fazenda Cachoeira has a coffee area of 165 hectares, along with other crops, ranch, and nature preserve. On this farm everything is done manually since its topography does not allow any kind of mechanisation as you might find in the flat Cerrado savanna terrain. Most of the offerings from Cachoeira are Yellow Bourbon cultivar, now widely available, and the cup quality varies from lot-to-lot. I have been very selective with our offerings, and this year the screen-dried Yellow Bourbon was not up to par, but the dry-process was quite good. So when I received a later-crop set of samples that were raised-bed, I wasn't so interested. But this sample was totally different: a sub-species of Bourbon called Canario, available in small amounts (we bought all of this coffee that came to the US). This is also special because the green coffee is vacuum-packaged in 7.5 kilo bricks in Brazil, and imported in boxes, not jute bags. As you know, we are doing this with many of our top coffees, when it is possible, and the results have been positive from most origins (our test vacpack from Yemen was no difference from the jute - so there is not always a quality gain). This Canario Bourbon is so much more dynamic than the other Cachoeira lots, bright, lively. The dry fragrance has a nice cocoa powder and dry-roasted peanut character at C+ roast (peanut can sometimes be a bad smell in coffee, but this is excellent), and some herbal suggestions. Add water and those herbal-floral notes emerge, sage blossom and a touch of jasmine flower. There's a sweetness in the aroma you find in few Brazils. While my lightest roasts had a lemony tone, I much preferred City+ and Full City roasts: more complex, balanced. There are these sweet floral hints peeking out from behind a cocoa chocolate flavor, velvety mouthfeel, and a very elegant, sweet finish. For those cupper's in the coffee trade who avoid Brazils, this is a coffee that could change their minds, and the type of Brazil that would do very well in the Cup of Excellence.