This dry-process coffee shows an array of dark fruits, berry flavored fruit leather, stone fruits, and tamarind. Fruits are balanced by a nice sweet/bittersweet base, developed sugar and cocoa powder flavors. A bodied coffee that does great in most brew applications. City to Full City+. Single Origin Espresso.
This is our sole dry process coffee from our first container of Camo de Minas coffees (don't worry, there's more on the way!). That being said, the quality is top notch and there is plenty to go around. The coffee comes from Fazenda Borgas, sitting adjacent to Fazenda Sertao. This lot is a separation of Yellow Bourbon, a varietal planted heavily on the farm. Preparation is very nice, which lends to a consistency in the cup. Carmo de Minas has a bit more altitude than most of the Cerrado coffees, and certainly more than Mogiana farms. The cultivars are generally the same as the other zones, but I feel the processing, while still on a large scale, has a good quality focus. And with the attention given to keeping lots separated by day and varietal, we have the ability to contain any issues with the coffee that might arise along the way.
The fruit flavors in this Carmo coffee are up-front, and backed with a solid base of developed sugar sweetness. It's also boasts a thick, inky body, making for an amazing espresso option as well. The fragrance is filled with date and fig notes, as well as pungent molasses and dried berries. The wet aroma smells very jam-like, mixed with a dense caramel smell, and the break produces a sweet almond paste scent. The cup, while fruited indeed, strikes a nice balance between sweet caramel and bittering cocoa notes. These base flavors are highlighted by a long list of sweet fruit notes - peach, tamarind, raspberry, and ripe fig to name a few. There is a nut aspect too, much like the confectionary-sweet concoction of marzipan - honey and almond flower. Full City roasts are particularly loaded with dark fruit flavors, a retronasal pungency of raw honey and berries, and brooding cocoa powder in the finish. Overall, this is a really nice lot of Brazilian coffee that cups with relative cleanliness. Dark roasts are great, but this Brazil shows great in the City to City+ range too.