Brazil Carmo de Minas - Fazenda Esperan_a

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Region South America
Grade Estate Grade
Appearance 3 d/300gr, 16-18 screen
Roast Recommendations City+ roast is ideal, because darker roasts eclipse all these delicate cup qualities.
Weight 1 LB
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Wow ... this is a cup that really "wows" me, and confuses me too. Is this truly a Brazilian coffee? Acidity, sweetness, brightness. Are you sure it isn't a Guatemala? No it isn't, just an absolute top-tier Brazil coffee, although not one for those who require the same type of cup found in other Brazils, such as natural Cerrado, Poco Fundo-types, Pulp Naturals from sul de Minas, etc., etc. I cupped this lot on a large table of other Brazil lots, ranging from rustic naturals, to the excellent, clean, sweet Daterra Yellow Bourbon, and had only slight hints from the dry fragrance of the grounds, and the wet aroma, that this was a really extraordinary coffee. What I couldn't have known was that sample #412 (that's how it was identified since I cup these lots blind) was the #1 coffee in the last Brazil Cup of Excellence, and prior to that had placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th going back to 2002. That is simply a phenomenal track record, since many coffees that place in the higher ranks (the 90+ club is given the Presidential Award), are never heard form again. This is a 40 hectare farm (fairly small) at 1500 meters (very high altitude for Brazil). It's planted with Yellow Bourbon cultivar. It's a delicate coffee, floral, relatively bright ... it might challenge the flavors you expect from Brazils. It's cleaner, more crisp ... not fruity and nutty as you get from dry processed Brazils, not heavy in the mouthfeel. But it's a coffee of immense cup quality, a thoroughbred for sure. The theme here is sweetness. It is sweet from start to finish, from the caramel fragrance, floral aroma, tangerine and pepper flavors, and honey/bee pollen note in the finish. There are sweet tangerine notes in the cup, and it has a very long finish. As it cools, the cup becomes more and more well-defined, and more refined. It's the type of flavor profile that can be called "transparent." The preferred roast here is City +, because too much of these delicate and sweet flavors are easily eclipsed by roast taste, which has a soft milk chocolate character at Full City roast.