Burned brown sugars, baking cocoa, nutty accents of almond and peanut, fruited hint, cheap chocolate in the finish. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
|Region||Carmo de Minas|
|Processing||Dry Process (Natural)|
|Drying Method||Patio Sun-Dried|
|Arrival date||December 2019 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Yellow Catuai|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15+ Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City+ to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Fazenda Agua Limpia Farm lies in the foothills of Serra da Mantiqueira, in the Carmo de Minas municipality. This area is known for coffee cultivation, with relatively good altitude for Brazil, and favorable micro climates for both growing and drying coffee. Agua Limpia has been in the same family for over a century and has graced top placement in Brazil Cup of Excellence competitions sever times. This is an all Yellow Catuai separation, a cultivar thought to have higher sugar brick count than the red variety, and this coffee definitely has a persistent sweetness to show. This is a dry process coffee, meaning the coffee is dried in whole coffee cherry for several weeks, which tends to impart some fruited flavor notes and facilitate big body and low acidity. Because of this, dry process Brazils are often used in espresso blending in order to yield body and bittersweetness without introducting the sharpness that comes with a bright coffee. The sloping mountainside that Agua Limia is planted on spans a range of 900 to 1,300 meters above sea level.
City+ roasts start off with bittersweet smells of baking cocoa and roasted nut, the slight savory nutty tones offset by muted dark sugar sweetness. Roast tones have a pungency in the wet aroma, especially a shade darker, but are still intermixed with sweetness like burned sugar. The cup has a pulpy fruit hint that seemed a little out of left field, but a welcome addition in the cup that adds a level of complexity missing in the smells. The sweetness is simple, like brown sugar and is marked by nutty accent notes of almond and peanut and a flavor of cheap chocolate. City+ is as light as I'd roast this coffee and I personally prefer the interplay of bittering and sweet flavor notes found at Full City roast level. Doubles as a decent single origin espresso and will work really well as a bittersweet, bodied blend base.