Fazenda Cachoeira has been in the Carvalho Dias family a short time ... just since 1890! Fazenda Cachoeira (it means waterfall, which is why their 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 educated approach to tackle the challenges of organic coffee production. They recently celebrated their 106th crop, and recently their Organic coffees have acheived some recognition in the BSCA Brazil Late Harvest Competition, and it made the final rounds in the 06 Brazil CoE, placing 16 in the end. (Note that we cannot sell this coffee with "Organic" in the title, we discovered, because the certifying agency is authorized for the UK, not the USA). 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. With a total area of 417 hectares, Fazenda Cachoeira has a coffee area of 165 hectares, along woth other crops, ranch, and nature preserve. The dry mill is located in the spa town of Pocos de Caldas. The farm has other cultivars besides the Yellow Bourbon we offer here, but this is the most well-known. Organic Yellow Bourbon, a low-yield traditional cultivar grown using low-yield organic methods: its a formula for great potential quality but not a lot of coffee production! The Bourbon is prized for sweet balance in the cup, and rounded body; a great short description for this coffee. A roast note: I based my comments on the lighter test roasts I did, but keep in mind that this coffee has a very wide roast "window" and that an FC+ roast or even light Vienna produces an excellent bittersweet chocolate cup! At C+ the cup has an attractive, savory sweetness, one one hand herbal and sagey/rosemary, on the other a sweet cedar. The rounded, balanced personality of this cup is its most striking aspect, with a really positive woodiness (not a woody flavor due to oldness!). I get cedar and mesquite, but balanced by a rustic honey/toffee sweetness, and pralined nuts. The mouthfeel is silky, and the aftertasted has a hint of tangerine, with lingering clean tobacco and cedar notes. I don't mean to characterize this as a Sumatra- its not a musty, funky coffee; it balances its rustic components with sweetness, and that's why it also makes a great S.O. espresso. This lot is late 06 harvest and export, and is a special 100% sun dried/ screen-dried lot. It outcupped the mechanical dried lot by a hair ... but an important hair; it has more sweetness and more body. Every hair counts!