About the bean
Even though nearly 75% of Brazil's coffee farms are considered small farm plantations (less than 10 acres each), Brazil has one of the coffee industry's best, most advanced coffee processing systems. It's no wonder Brazil is the world's leading coffee producer.
Brazilian Santos gourmet coffee beans are processed using a natural dry method, which dries the coffee bean inside the cherry. This process ensures some of the fruit's sweetness remains.
Santos is the port much of Brazil's coffee passes through, it is not a coffee region.
Strictly Soft (SS-top grade): Grown at a lower altitude, this bean is less acidic than denser beans. The medium-toned brightness it does possess is somewhat reminiscent of tobacco/spice at first taste, but caramel is the longer note. This is a sweet bean and makes a good base for espresso.
Species: Coffea Arabica
Appearance: 17-18 Screen
Flavour: Good for espresso (lots of crema and body)
Roast recommendation: City to Full City (soft bean, will roast quickly)
About the bean
We're welcoming a new coffee to our selection. The Brazil Natural comes to us from a very large farm in the Cerrado region of the world's most famous coffee-producing country, and, as its name makes clear: this bean was dried naturally. The natural method of drying coffee is an ancient practice that involves leaving harvested beans to dry under the sun. Simple!
This process has been likened to red wine by some connoisseurs with a renewed interest in the natural method. Like red wine, more of the skin and the fruit is absorbed. Because the seed of the coffee cherry is imbued with more of the coffee fruit's sugars and nutrients, the final result can be flavour magic. You will sometimes hear the term "wild in the cup" associated with naturally processed coffees. This method provides more in the way of flavour brilliance as well as flavour quirks. Its inconsistencies is one of the reasons why the wet method of washing the coffee seed off the fruit became the preferred process of the two. But never discount the merits of risk, coffee lovers. And this pick pays off.
A sweet softie with a thick body. Our favourite Brazilian bean in stock right now alongside the Brazil Planalto.
Grown at a low altitude of only 800m on a large farm and harvested mechanically. These indicators do not suggest the favourable outcome a bean cultivated at a higher elevation on a smaller farm with hand pickers does but this natural Brazilian is a total pleaser. In a country without the growing altitudes of more elevated coffee-producing regions, the natural process can accomplish more fruitiness, more flavour, more complexity.
Our taste test: Brewed in a French press at a City roast profile, we enjoyed a soft, velvety body reminiscent of white chocolate, a medium brightness (acidity), with a caramel underlay and some fruity flair. A pour over brew enhances these fruit notes. A most enjoyable, sweet aftertaste which is typical of the natural drying process.
For those of us who prefer a darker roast, the Brazil Natural brewed in a French press at a Vienna roast profile made a memorable impression. The deeper richness did not overwhelm or undermine the cup's balance. Great espresso potential here.
Roast Recommendation: To preference. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
About the bean
Ah, Cerrado; you do not disappoint. The Cerrado in Brazil is a biologically rich, sprawling, tropical savanna located in Minas Gerais state, Brazil's coffee-producing powerhouse. Our Brazilian Cerrado is a blend of four farms in the northwest of this state and the result is solid. This is a classic Brazilian bean - bittersweet, chocolatey, a little bit of nut, low in acidity, good body. And this bean is a versatile companion - just right as a breakfast cup, in blends, for espresso (lots of crema and body) and for cold brew (great price point for that, too). It's not a fancy bean, it's not a taste adventure, it's not average - what you have here is good coffee for the everyday and to play with. Stock up!
Appearance: 17-18 screen
Flavour: Good body, clean and well balanced; consistent, rich aroma, chocolate and almond notes.
Roast recommendation: City to Full City (soft bean, will roast quickly). For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.View full product details
About the bean
From Minas Gerais state in the Mogiana region of Brazil.
This Brazilian coffee has a fine citrus acidity, nutty, chocolate characteristics, a good body and a very clean aftertaste.
Altitude: Grown between 1,100-1,250 masl.
Roasting recommendation: City to Full City
For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chartView full product details