This lot from Canato delivers bold sweetness of unrefined sugars, along with some stone fruits, and tea flavors. Quite versatile in the roaster, most balance is close to Full City. It has nice acidity for a Brazil, golden raisin and black tea elements. City+ to Full City. SO Espresso.
This is a special micro-lot from Fazenda Monte Verde. This farm has won awards for both pulped natural and dry-processed coffees, including first place for a dry-process lot that we offered last year. The farm is the property of Jose Roberto Canato and his family. At a total of 600 hectares, 140 are entirely dedicated to coffee, and much of the farm is maintained in a natural state, with freshwater springs supplying water for the crops and the natural environment as well. Fazenda Monte Verde is situated at 1260 meters, and they have a variety of coffee cultivars.
The dry grounds have a pleasing scent of honey drizzled almonds, very granola-like in smell. Hot water brings on a very sweet aroma with measurable notes of toasted sugar, caramel, and hazelnut. In the cup, this Brazil has a clear sweetness and tea-like mouthfeel at City+, while Full City roasts showcase a much bigger body, burned sugar and almond. It's a pleasant cup along the roast spectrum, crowd-pleasing, especially at Full City where sweet and bittersweet notes find the most balance. There's a slight acidity too, like golden raisin and black tea. City roasts are too light for this coffee, with best development of sweetness at City+ and beyond. Great SO espresso too - chocolatey, dark sugars, and viscous body.