This is the full natural version of Fazenda Primavera, similar to the honey processed that sold out but with a little less acidity and a bit fuller bodied.
Following his father’s footsteps, producer Ricardo Tavares has dedicated his life to the coffee industry. As an innovator, he promotes and supports new coffee practices.
I first met Ricardo Tavares about six years ago and have since been stuck on his coffee. Coffee is in this man’s blood and one can see his passion within minutes of talking with him. Although he is mostly in with Brazil’s larger farming models, he had worked over the last 5 years to bring a very boutique edge to some smaller lots, working with guys like top-end Panamanian farmer and processor Garciano Cruz to improve their smaller high-end lots.
Fazenda Primavera is located in the municipality of Angelândia, Minas Gerais. The farm altitude is between 1000 to 1050 meters above sea level, which promotes the cultivation of specialty coffee.
Furthermore, the climate also provides favorable conditions with average temperatures between 68 and 75 °F annually and precipitation of 3 to 4 ft. Fazenda Primavera has state of the art installations including a very large drying patio, 14 electric dryers, and equipment for processing fully washed coffees. The farm cultivates predominately Red and Yellow Catuaí (95%), but it is slowly introducing new varieties such as Novo Mundo. The farm certificates include Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Minas Coffee and Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association.
A wonderful lot and good as a single origin drinker or very clean blend base. Hints of acidity at lighter roasts gives a lemony citric edge balancing with nutty and slightly chocolate undertones. Medium roasts start bringing forth a little more of the chocolaty tone while muting up almost all of the acidity. Right around second crack was smooth and fuller bodied with nice nutty and chocolate with some complimenting roasty notes. Floral and fruit in the aromatics but not in the cup.
One almost cannot screw it up. Clean enough with good depth of flavor and sweetness to please a lighter roast drinker. Lighter roasts will be the only ones with a little acidity to them. Medium roasts are the most balanced, and the recommended starting roast. Dark roasts are great for a darker roast fan, on the sweeter side with minimal sharpness and smoky chocolate-like cup profile.