This is the 1st place lot from the regional competition held in Espírito Santo by our exporting partners FAF. This lot sings with honeydew and papaya, and an almost candy-like watermelon sweetness.
Bateia, Castelo, Espírito Santo
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. Depulped on the day of harvest. Dried in mucilage on raised beds for 25 days.
We discovered Valdeir and his coffee through the annual regional competition held by our partners FAF. It is a rare occurrence to taste a coffee for the first time, with little to no context, and have an experience like that of this coffee. Because this lot wasn't ready to taste while we were in Espírito Santo, we still haven't had the chance to meet Valdeir, however, doing so will certainly be at the top of our priority list when we return to Brazil next fall.
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.
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