Fazenda Santa Ines is a thick bodied cup, quite versatile in brew methods. From medium to dark roast, expect complex cocoa flavors, mixed roasted nuts, and mild stewed fruit notes. City+ to Full City+. Good for espresso.
Santa Ines is a coffee from the Sertao family of farms, adjacent to the large farm we have bought many times, that of Nazareth Dias Pereira. The farm is owned by Francisco Isidro Dias Pereira, and is 75 hectares dedicated to coffee with a total size of 215 hectares. Santa Ines is located in Carmo de Minas at 1100 meters, and this lot is 100% Yellow Bourbon cultivar. Yellow Bourbon is a sub-type that has fruit which ripens to a yellow color. It originated in Brazil. It is possible that Yellow Bourbon is a natural mutation of a cross between Bourbon and a yellow-fruited Typica called "Amarelo de Botocatu". Bourbon coffees are named for the island in the India Ocean where French colonists grew it. It's not so different in the cup than Red Bourbon, but I have noticed higher sugar levels in the Yellow fruit, and the plant has different physical properties.
The dry fragrance has praline nut smell to it, caramel and butter and mixed roasted nuts. The wet aroma is front-loaded with heavy caramel smells and cinnamon stick, black walnut on the break. Full City roasts show chocolate nuance too aromatically, which follows suit in brewed coffee as well. This coffee fares best when roasted to at least City+, which produces a cup profile of mild cocoa and stewed fruits, an almond note in the finish. Full City roasts are more chocolate oriented, bittering cacao and cocoa butter. It's thick bodied too, meaning great in espresso applications as well a brewed cup of coffee.