Coming from two family estates in the Sul de Minas growing region near the city of Varginha within the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
15/16 refers to the bean size and would be considered average size. Just a tad smaller than our normal 17/18 lots. We find these screens to be a little sweeter than the strictly large beans.
Fazenda da Onça was established by the Ferraz family in the early 1900s after Minas Gerais replaced its gold mining industry with coffee cultivation.
Fazenda Campo da Chapada was established late in the 1950s after the the Botrel family’s cattle business was left with an unpaid debt from a bankrupt company that had purchased their cattle. Like the gold mines of Minas Gerais, the land was transformed into a coffee estate, which the Botrel family continues to manage today.
Both families manage their estates on a foundation of tradition but they also work closely with the MinaSul cooperative where their coffees are evaluated and prepared for export using state-of-the-art milling equipment.
Mundo Novo, Acaiá, and Catucaí
Tasting Notes: A nice traditional Brazil cup. Neutral and smooth with pretty low acidity and pleasant nutty chocolaty factor. Lighter roasts will have a hint of acidity but be pretty dry in its tones. Medium roasts and beyond are where it shined. Drops most of the acidity and turn a bit fuller bodied with a more traditional nutty and chocolaty tone. Darker roasts get much bolder and thicker with smoky dark chocolate notes with some nuttiness coming through in the aftertaste.
Roasting Notes: We would avoid super light roasting – the beans will come off a little underdeveloped tasting. About half way between first and second crack; a nice medium roast, is a very balanced and defined cup of coffee. Ideally nailing the roast just before to touching second crack will provide the desired results with being tasty and fairly neutral toned.