One of our favorites from the recent Brazil arrivals, this cup has a nice clarity in light roasts, sweet tea flavor, tangerine hints and nutty roast tone (hazelnut, macadamia) turning to cocoa powder and blackberry at darker levels. City+ to Full City+.
This is a coffee from the Fazenda do Sertao, the farm of Nazareth Dias Pereira. It is located in Carmo de Minas, and was a farm we offered several years ago, as well as their Cup of Excellence winning lot last year. The coffee has placed 8 times in the Cup of Excellence. This coffee has consistently scored well on my cupping table in the past as well. This 235 hectare farm is situated at 1250 meters, and has a mix of varietals including Bourbon, Acaia, and Icatu. This lot is a blend of all these cultivars, not a variety-separated coffee.
The lighter roast dry fragrance has strong almond-hazelnut aspect and an interesting malty grain sweet note. There's a touch of tamari in there too, a more savory/umami tone. Add water and the wet aromatics become sweeter, and in the case of my darkest roast, much more chocolate-like rather than nutty. The cup has a nice clarity in light roasts that distinguishes this from other Sertao selections we have. There a sweet tea flavor, with classic nutty Brazil roast tone (hazelnut, macadamia) turning more toward cocoa powder in the darker levels, at Full City roast. There is a bit of tangerine in the light roasts, and a more blackberry fruit in dark roasts, at levels just before 2nd crack.