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Brazil Coromandel - Fazenda Sao Joao
Coromandel is a coffee from Minas Gerais, more speciifically from the savana-like area called the Cerrado. This Coromandel has decent altitude compared to other areas of Cerrado (1000 meters) and a very dry climate. To aid in the coffee production and help increase even ripening, Fazenda Arco Sao Joao uses an efficient drip irrigation system for their coffee. (Many farms in Cerrado, if the irrigate, use inefficient overhead spray irrigation). The farm is strictly a family operation: Jos© Silvone is the father, working with his two sons Reginaldo Silvone and Cristiano Silvone. I was really impressed with the sweetness of this cup from the start, and floral aroma. The cup has the roast character you expect from good Brazil coffees from Cerrado, full body, nutty in the lighter roasts and good hefty chocolate in the darker roasts. But this lot also has floral aromatics, and a good rustic sweetness, honey-like at City+ roast, more bittersweet a toffee-like at FC roast. There's a hint of root beer and aromatic wood in this cup, and a mild tannin dryness in the aftertaste. It's almost a shame to use this in blends for espresso, but it does that service well. Howerver, I think the straight shots of FC+ roast are better than any blend, and I recommend you try this as unblended espresso. In fact, I had one of the most remarkable shots I can recall from an FC roast of this Sao Joao (which means Saint John, by the way). For brew methods or for extraction, it's a great Brazil lot. I like all 5 samples we were shown of this coffee, but this particular one, lot 283, was by farm my favorite, as it was with the other cuppers who evaluated them with me.