Full City roasts have chocolate syrup and roasted nut flavors - like chocolate walnut brownie. Lightly fruited with dry cherry and apple. Shifts toward powdered cocoa in the long finish. Full City to Full City+ roast levels. SO espresso.
Fazenda Santa Lucia is located in Carmo de Minas, Minas Gerais. They farm much more than coffee, but have set aside roughly 80 hectares for coffee production. The folks at the farm put a lot of effort into the separation of lots and varietals, including individual testing onsite. This particular lot is entirely yellow bourbon, and we were able to construct this 58 bag lot from several smaller lot separations. Elevation at the farm is in the range of 1000 - 1250 meters. They manually harvest - a rarity in Brazil these days - and the coffee is then washed using recycled water, which is recycled yet again and used for other farming. After washing, the parchment is machine dried and rested for about a month before transport. Santa Lucia is part of a much larger farm group in Carmo who invest quite a bit into infrastructure at the farm level as well as in the community - schools, medical, and utilities.
The dry grounds have a smell of cinnamon and sugar coated nuts - a caramel and nut sweetness. Full CIty roasts bring in a bit of roast complexity adding elements of chocolate to the mix. When adding hot water a strong smell of hazelnut emanates from the crust, along with more of the dark sugar and butter alluded to in the dry grounds. Breaking the crust releases a smell of roasting cocoa - a unique scent of cacao and roasted nut (something we've been doing a bit of in the off hours on our sample roaster!). At Full City, this coffee has viscous body, chocolate syrup and roasted nut flavors. There's a 'richness' to the cup, and it reminds me of chocolate walnut brownie. There are light fruit notes too, like dried cherry and apple, most apparent as the temperature approaches mouth temp. Santa Lucia finishes long, and shifts toward powdered cocoa in the long finish. Brewed coffee and espresso will do very well at Full City to Full City+ roast levels.