A very clean cup for a Brazil, and sweeter in general than the Yellow Bourbon. It has a mild blueberry note in the cup, obscured quickly by chocolate roast notes, even as light as City+ roast. There is a nutty dryness throughout the roast spectrum, almond with that almond skin effect in the finish. Chocolate alkaloids create a pleasant bittering finish at FC roast level. City+ to Full City+ roast level.
Daterra Farms is a remarkable force in the Brazilian coffee world, and the entire coffee world in general. Here we find one of the most innovative coffee cultivators, where each step is scrutinized, rethought, reinvented. It is more of a coffee research institute than a farm! Well, that's not true ... like all farms the coffee tree predominates, but here we have each plot marked off in terms of what "experiment" is currently being conducted to improve cup quality. When I visited there were plots of huge 20 foot tall "native" coffee trees, then pure Catuai cultivar areas, Icatu, Mundo Novo and other cultivars I have never encountered. And then there were the old traditional cultivars, Typica and , pure Yellow Bourbon. They blend the various plots, like a vintner might blend their grapes from within a farm, to get the desired results. They sell these blends (such as Sweet Collection, Reserve, Santa Columba, etc) but I prefer the pure Yellow Bourbon cultivar over the others. Interestingly, this year along with the YB coffee, the Sweet Blue Daterra was a real standout. It was sweeter, yes, as the name suggests, and really nicely prepared using the Penta system preparation. What's Penta? It's Daterra's system to sort coffee under ultraviolet light, with added defect removal steps, store in special warehouses optimized for coffee, locking in the moisture content in the green coffee with vacuum packaging, boxing and shipping. Perhaps it is the future of green coffee and we certainly are investing a lot in the vac pack, primarily because coffee must be transported through humid zones in the origin country and (especially if the container of traditional burlap bags gets waylaid at port) can result in the coffee taking on moisture; it's a bad thing. I think it's part of why Daterras arrive so nice and fresh; when done right, vac-packing at origin in the best. The dry fragrance has strong almond character in the lighter roasts, and in darker roasts is a little turpeny and pungent as well, laced with bittersweet chocolate. The wet aroma is darkly sweet but also pungent and peppery. The lighter roasts is very syrupy and sweet. It has a mild blueberry note in the cup, but this is obscured quickly by chocolate roast notes, even as light as City+ roast. There is a nutty dryness throughout the roast spectrum, almond with that almond skin effect in the finish. Chocolate alkaloids create a pleasant bittering finish at FC roast level. It's not a super complex coffee, but has nicely integrated qualities, and the body has a nice slick, syrup texture. I will be testing some fairly light roast SO espresso to see if I can coax that transitory berry note out of it. It's a very clean cup for a Brazil, and sweeter in general than the Yellow Buorbon lot we have offered.