The cup is delicate with mandarin-orange-like flavor, tea-biscuit and barley, very mild overall intensity of flavor, sweet lemon accent and green tea notes as the cup cools. Darker roasts take on more bittersweet and chocolate character with some anise and herbal hints. City to City+.
This is a coffee from the Fazenda do Sertao, original farm from Grupo Sertao, and the one of the original farmers, Nazareth Dias Pereira. It is located in Carmo de Minas, and was a farm we offered several years ago. We were glad to be able to obtain a small amount of this coffee from the Cup of Excellence; This coffee has consistently scored well on my cupping table in the past. Fazenda do Sertao, it is from the same group, Aprocam, that we get had many great lots from, and who placed so well in the Brazil Cup of Excellence. This 235 hectare farm is situated at 1250 meters, and has a mix of varietals including Bourbon, Acaia, and Icatu. This lot is 100% Yellow Bourbon. The coffee has placed 8 times in the Cup of Excellence, and while it only achieved 22nd this time, we thought it had really nice cup character.
The lighter roast dry fragrance has strong hazelnut aspect and an interesting grain note like wheat thin crackers. Add water and the wet aromatics become very sweet and malty-honey syrup, with floral notes (wildflowers) initially, and hints of sage. There is something pleasantly savory about the aromatics. The cup is delicate. In the light roast the cup has very mandarin-orange-like flavor, tea-biscuit and barley, with a very mild overall intensity of flavor. As it cools, sweet lemon accent notes emerge, more as a flavor than an aspect of acidity (it's a mild and proportionate acidity overall). There is also a sweet green tea flavor as the cup cools. Darker roasts take on more bittersweet and chocolate character with some anise and herbal hints, but the lighter roasts are what distinguish the quality of this coffee.