Fazenda Sertaozinho is in a mountainous region in the southern part of Minas Gerais, at an altitude of 1150-1200 meters. The cup is dominated by nutty tones, honey and bee pollen flavors, and malty biscuit notes. The body is palpably dense and substantial. As it cools the higher tones come up, with a Meyer lemon flavor. City to City+ roast.
Fazenda Sertaozinho is in a mountainous region in the southern part of Minas Gerais, at an altitude of 1150-1200 meters. It's a very large farm, with 1400 hectares and 400 hectares in coffee production. But for the Cup of Excellence, they used their labs to find a special microlot for entry in the competition, and I felt it was one of the top lots in the event. Though it gained #14 spot, it was in my top 3 personally. The lot was from a particular block of plantings, and is 100% Yellow Bourbon cultivar, while most of the farm is planted in Mundo Novo and Catuai. I selected this as one of my top samples when I blind-cupped the Brazil Cup of Excellence complete set, though it was outside the top 10 (it was #14). It had classic Yellow Bourbon flavor, brightness and balance. When it finally arrived here last week I cupped this along with a large table of current Brazil offers when it arrived, and it was truly a revelation, a completely different level of Brazil coffee when you have it side by side with others. I have noticed that it has an unusual roast dynamic, with a loud first crack and a short time between first and second crack. It's the type of coffee that can get away from you in the roaster, so keep a close watch on it as it approaches 1st crack, and tend to it closely after that. Lightest roasts have classic Brazil sweet-nutty flavors in the dry fragrance. I get malt sugar as well, with vanilla and banana essence. The wet aroma is malty with honey and bran muffin (!) hints. Almondy nut essence is strong in the aroma too, and these are the flavors really come through in the cup as well. The cup is dominated by nutty notes, honey and bee pollen flavors, and malty biscuit notes. The body is palpably dense and substantial. When I cupped this with other Brazil naturals and pulp naturals the brightness really jumped out; it was quite lively. But in the absence of a direct comparison to another Brazil coffee it seems only moderately bright. As it cools the higher tones come up, with a Meyer lemon flavor. It's a restrained flavor profile, not a crazy exotic cup ... but as it cools it becomes more and more attractive. It's also a cup with a very "Brazilian" character, a quality which I appreciate a lot.