This coffee placed third in the state competition of Best Coffees of Espirito Santo—the coffee-producing region we are most excited about. In the cup we find a lovely chocolate-like sweetness, a deep black currant and floral complexity, and a lively acidity.
Pinheiros, Brejetuba, Espírito Santo
September - October, 2020
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Depulped. Fermented. Dried on raised beds until moisture content reaches between 10%-11%.
Valdeir is a third-generation coffee producer from the De Paula family in the Pinheiros neighborhood. He and his partner work the farm from picking to processing, and their dedication has paid off. This lot finished third place in the state competition of Best Coffees of Espírito Santo! Espírito Santo is potentially the most exciting new region we are currently working in. Rarely have we tasted the incredible potential produced by Espírito Santo’s unique microclimate. Brazil is not known for producing the sorts of coffees and profiles we generally source, however, this specific region is producing some of the most dynamic and interesting coffees we've tasted in quite a while.
Catucaí Vermelho 785 is a progeny of Icatú Vermelho and Catuaí Vermelho, and within the Bourbon lineage. It is a small uniform plant with wavy-edged leaves, and bronze-hued new growth. It is high-yielding, produces large red fruit with a large sieve rating, and is both highly leaf-rust tolerant and remarkably stable in varied weather conditions. While generally an early-harvest plant, in certain climates fruit development begins early but slows significantly—a trait that has been utilized to extend fruit maturation and improve cup quality by some of the more astute producers in compatible regions.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.