Fazenda IP performs great a wide range of roasts. Even City roasts are quite nice, green tea and candied almond notes. Full City is more burned sugar and bittering cacao flavors, and some dried fruit top notes too. City to Full City+. Good as Espresso
Fazenda IP is located in the city of Carmo de Minas, Brazil. It's a rather massive farm really, at about 130 hectares ( roughly 320 acres), and is owned and operated by the folks at Sertao, the Pereira family. The name Sertao is synonymous with coffee production in the area, as they were the first to cultivate coffee in the Minas Gerais region of Carmo. This family has a 100+ year history of growing coffee in this area, and the Pereira family lots grace the COE finals list year after year. There are several varietals grown at IP, but this lot is a separation of entirely Yellow Bourbon. This is a pulp-natural coffee, which means that unlike a washed coffee, they mechanically remove most, but not all of the sticky fruit/mucilage before laying the beans out to dry. Pulp natural processing often lends to body as well as imparts slightly more fruited or rustic flavors. However in Brazil - where dry processing is widely used due to a near-perfect climate for it - pulp natural is the less fruited and rustic processing method.
The dry grounds of Fazenda IP smell of sweet grain, hazelnut, and cinnamon. A dried apple scent is much more focused around Full City. The wet grounds are loaded with sweet nut smells, candied pecan, butter toffee peanut, a nice blend. One of my roasts was actually City, which surprisingly wasn't too light. Granted, I much preferred my City+/Full City roast - brooding burned sugar flavors balanced by bittering cacao notes, and gentle dried fruit top notes. But light roasts are really clean, boasting green tea and candied almond flavors, along with a very faint, dried green apple note. This is a versatile Brazil, with a balanced profile across the roast spectrum. Works great as espresso, and as an option for milk drinks too (both espresso and brewed coffee).