Brazil Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza Celso/Hamilton

A complex and unique flavor profile, with Saison beer notes, malt, mulling spice, raisin, chocolate, opaque body, sage. City to Full City+
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88.4
  • Process Method No
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region South America
Farm Gate Yes
Grade Estate Grade
Appearance 1.8 d/300gr, 16-18 screen
Roast Recommendations City+ to FC for drip type coffee brews, FC to FC+ for espresso extraction.
Weight 1 LB
Recommended for Espresso Yes
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Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza ("FAF") has been a coffee plantation since 1850 and has been owned and run by the Barretto family since the early 1900s. Since 2002, Silvia Barretto and her husband, Marcos Croce, have been working on transforming the farm into a model of sustainable organic agriculture. They produce varied crops, dairy, honey, sundry garden vegetables, but coffee is at the heart of this farm's production. The farm is located near Mococa, in the Sao Paolo state, very near the border with Minas Gerais. They have won the SCAA Sustainability reward and a host of others for their biodynamic approach to agriculture. They have partnered with neighboring farms and offer separate micro lots when the quality dictates. That's the case here, a small lot from two families of Joao Hamilton and Celso Santos (they are brother-in-laws) that has an unusual, outstanding cup character. The dry fragrance has ample chocolate, spicy and savory character. There's a bit of anise and sassafras, and (please don't laugh) a little soy sauce scent. Wet aromas are really unique as well, with Saison beer character, yeasty, and dynamic at the City+ level. There is an odd-yet-pleasant sweetness to the aromatics, with suggestions of malt and molasses syrup. The cup has exotic spice and raisiny sweetness. There are herbal notes, sage, opaque body, mulling spices. As you roast darker, that turns to dried fig, dark berry, with almond butter and chocolate in the finish. It's such a different coffee at intermediate roast levels, but all are good. I rarely roast Brazils to a very light City roast, just after 1st crack, but this coffee had a lemon cookie sweetness at this level, golden raisins, and jasmine tea finish! There are minerally notes in the light-medium roasts, and an interesting balance between sweetness and drying nutty tones. Somehow, I am reminded of Yemeni coffees, if for no other reason that the exotic flavor profile, and rustic suggestions.