Alta Vista 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. Alta Vista is 84 hectare farm that was started less than a decade ago, and taking 7th position at Brazil Cup of Excellence competition in 2007, just 3 years after being planted. This is an all Yellow Bourbon separation, a cultivar thought to have higher sugar brick count than the red variety, and this coffee definitely has a persistent sweetness to show. Pulp Natural coffees are often a bit easier to judge roast development, as they don't produce as much chaff, and have had most of the thin layer of fruit removed making for a more even physical coloring as you hit City roast. They also tend to have some acidity, whereas dry processing does much to mute this characteristic. We found City+ to be the ideal starting point for Alta Vista, which is where a balancing level of sweetness is achieved.
The coffee from Alta Vista Farm presents a nice culmination of roasted nut and raw sugar aspects, the cup profile showing the most balance around City+ roast level. This is where nuances of roast tone compliment burned caramel aromatics, and hazelnut and pecan folded in nicely. The cup has a nice simple sweetness, touching on essence of burned caramel sensed in aroma. As it cools, subtle fruit tones come up without being overbearing, and the focal point remains centered around a nut and sugar core, like pecan ice cream and dark caramel sauce. A rich bittersweetness accompanies these flavors too, calling to mind Dutch cocoa powder, or even baker's cocoa backed with a little sugar, and a leathery top note is revealed in the finish. Alta Vista is a versatile coffee that for Brazil will excel in both brew and espresso extractions.