A joke name for a decent non-estate coffee. A versatile coffee, for espresso or brewed coffee, blend or straight roast. Mild, low-acidity, with creamy body, very nutty in the light roast and chocolate in the dark roasts. Slight fruited note, banana skins, sweet tobacco. City+ to Full City + or darker.
Okay, there is no Fazenda No-Name-O, obviously. This standard non-estate lot of Cerrado was the best thing on the cupping table, beating out the dry-process Fazenda Aurea and 5 other regional lots. That's the benefit of blind cupping, selecting on cup quality and not on the name of the source. I found it to work really well as espresso base coffee, which is one thing we look to our Brazils to do. Not every good Brazil coffee comes with the pedigree of being a single farm lot, and sometimes when we say "single farm" in Brazil we are talking the equivalent of 20 or 30 farms in Central America! They can be massive. Anyway, we thought we would have fun and make up a name for a simple, functional, un-fancy coffee. If there really was a Fazenda No-Name-O I would be impressed though!
This is balanced and mild coffee. The dry fragrance in lighter roasts is distinctly nutty, malty, slightly fruited, whereas Full City is more chocolate-infused. Wet aromatics are similar, with a slightly minerally and savory note, and the muddled and indefinite quality that, while hard to describe exactly, hints at a softer, lower-grown coffee, as most all Brazils truly are. The cup has the right taste for this coffee; basic, very slight acidity, creamy body, roasted peanut and hazelnut, a little peanut skin drying quality in the aftertaste. There is a slight fruit note, banana skins and a touch of sweet tobacco. You need to pick through many lots to find a good one, and I think this qualifies as one of the best from the farm. It's a simple coffee, straightforward. But I felt this lot was clean, had great body, a clean flavor profile, uniform roast and cup character, and more sweetness than anything else on the table (including some fancier and much more expensive coffees). There you have it.