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Brazil Carmo de Minas - Fazenda do Serrado
Lighter roasts have nut, caramel and orange rind hints with creamy body. FC+ roasts have chocolate, caramel, dense mouthfeel, minerals in the long finish. Great as SO espresso! City+ to Full City+
Serrado Estate is a confusing name. It is not Cerrado, not in the Cerrado plain of Minas Gerais. But it is an older farm, in fact much of the Cerrado region wasn't even planted with coffee in th '70s when Serrado began growing it. The farm is 52 hectares, with 40 planted in coffee, and is owned by Maria Rog©ria Costa Pereira. We have offered several coffees from the Pereira family, including the matriarch, Nazareth Dias Pereira. Rather it is in Carmo de Minas, and has a very different character than Cerrado coffees with a "C". Altitude range from 1040 and 1280 meters on the farm, and the topography is hilly, unlike the very flat Cerrado zone. The extended family owns much more coffee farm land, so they pool resources and share milling operations too. They use the pulp natural process and patio drying. This coffee has made the auction of the Cup of Excellence in 2003 and 2005, getting as high as 3rd place in the first event. This coffee roasts well between City+ and Full City+ ranges. The dry fragrance has the anticipated 'nut and chocolate' character typical to roast flavors of Brazil coffees. Light roasts have slight orange notes, and is sweeter than many Brazils I have cupped this season. The cup has a creamy body, even at light roast levels, and the mild orange hints come through as well. Darker Full City+ roast is great as SO espresso, and have caramel-chocolate roast tones, toasted almond, dense body, mineral tastes in the long finish. It's a very balanced cup, with lower acidity than last years lots, balanced and mild. For brewed coffee, I preferred the lighter roasts with that orange peel flavor zest, and for espresso we didn't go to dark; FC+, just a few snaps of 2nd crack. As you might expect the Single Origin espresso shots from this were an intensification of the brewed flavors, but it doesn't always work that way. The shot is immensely creamy, the orange and orange peel flavors are emergent, and nut roast flavors dominate with chocolate bittering tones on the aftertaste.