Brazil Barra Grande Natural
Cup Characteristics: Flavors of dark chocolate with a smooth, long finish and a well balanced body. Smooth, earthy body with noticable viscous milk chocolate mouthfeel. Mild fruit penetration. Good base for espresso.
$13.99 per pound
New crop, first of the season, arrived January 2017.
We are pleased to once again offer this coffee from the Barra Grande Estate in Brazil, owned by a third generation coffee farmer named Sildes Caixeta. The farm is located in a region called "Alto Barreiro" which borders Poco Fundo and Machado in Minas Gerais, Brazil and is at an exceptionally high altitude of 1200 meters (almost 4,000 feet). Although the farm was owned by Sildes' grandfather, it was sold during his childhood, only to be bought back by Sildes in 1985. He has a sense of pride and passion for the land given the rich family history. He is quoted as saying the biggest lesson of his life is that "patience is everything" which is a testament to not only his reclaiming the once lost farm so many years later, but also for the art of coffee growing he has since mastered.
Sildes says that the secret to his coffee is the patience he exhibits by not rushing the growing process, rotating the cherries multiple times during drying and ensuring that the result is quality over quantity. The farm grows a mix of two varietals, Mundo Novo and Yellow Catuai, both of which are naturally processed.
- Location: Minas Gerias region
- Altitude: 1200 meters/3900 feet
- Varieties: Yellow Catuai, Mundo Novo
- Process: Natural
- Drying: Sun and mechanical dried
- Harvest: June - August
The beans are a mix of Yellow Catuai and Mundo Novo which is planted extensively throughout Brazil. Mundo Novo itself is a cross between Typica (from Java and Sumatra) and Bourbon.