About the bean
Our new lot of Brazil Natural is a collaboration between neighbouring farmers in the Sul de Minas region. Like our first Brazil Natural, coffee grower Danielle Fonseca is behind the current blend, co-created with fellow young-generation growers, Dario Botrel and Lucio Portugal. All three continue the family tradition of farming coffee to bring their legacy to new markets beyond Brazil, through sustainable practices and improved post-harvest methods combined with technological innovation.
The Danielle-Dario-Lucio collaboration has created a coffee of outstanding balance and consistency they can reliably produce for a long time to come, so expect to see this Brazil Natural again and again.
Of this trio of producers who share a similar terroir, one farm provided the distinctive cacao base and the other two contributed a complex acidity to round out a cup we call our: sweet morning delight.
Salute the sun every day with our new chocolate-caramel Brazil Natural.
Farm: Fazenda da Serra, Fazenda Matao & Fazenda Vargem Alegre
Producers: Danielle Fonseca, Dario Botrel & Lucio Portugal
Region: Sul de Minas
Sub-region: Santana da Vargem, Tres Pontas, Campos Gerais
Community: Serras de Minas Group
Altitude: 900 masl.
Varietals: Mundo novo, red and yellow catuai, topazio
Screen Size: 15+
Drying Method: Sun-dried
Grain PRO: Yes
Direct Trade: Yes (bought directly from the farmer)
Cupping Notes: Cacao, caramel, orange, balanced acidity, dense.
Roasting recommendation: A solid base for espresso and espresso-based drinks, equally as good for drip brews. Sweet and creamy results in an Aeropress. Roasts well darker. Go lighter for nuance and citrus flavour. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
Danielle Fonseca, Fazenda de Serra
Granddaughter and coffee farmer's daughter, Danielle began managing the family farm with her father in 2016. When her parents relocated to another city, and her sister moved to Canada, Danielle assumed sole management of the farm in 2018. In the years since, she has focused on sustainable practices and improving post-harvest methods to show what is most special about Fazenda da Serra's coffee. Traceability of all steps involved in harvesting are available for every lot produced by Fazenda da Serra.
Dario Botrel, Fazenda Matão
Dario's story starts with his mother, Maria Aparecida, who inherited Fazenda Matão from her father, Dário Botrel de Figueiredo. She faced many difficulties in this hard work without much encouragement, but she persevered and proved to be a great farmer over the years. The farm is close to the Serra de Três Pontas and features an excellent topography and altitude for coffee growing. Dario always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, an agronomist, and from a young age he cultivated a love of the land and, of course, coffee. Taking over the farm operation came naturally to Dario, although it proved challenging at first. In his efforts to modernize and transition the farm to a more technological way of producing coffee, Dario had to break with many traditional paradigms. Gradually he brought Matão to a new level of sustainable quality.
Lucio Portugal, Fazenda Vargem Alegre
Lucio is a production engineer who grew up on his father's coffee farm in Campos Gerais, Minas Gerais. In 2016, Lucio decided to quit his job and help his father run the farm. Lucio's passion for specialty coffee inspired him to invest in the pursuit of better quality coffees. Aside from selling green beans, Lucio runs a small micro-roastery in Minas Gerais.
About the bean
Do you like a medium to dark roast? Do you like espresso? Do you like a brew rich in flavour and bold in body? Yes? Then our new batch of Colombian Supremo SC 17/18 is for you! These beans are sourced from the central northwest of Colombia in the Antioquia region, the country's largest coffee producing region. Coffee here is mountain-grown by small farmers and large estates. The high altitude slows the pace of ripening and the result is a classic Colombian - rich, full bodied, and a toasted chocolate taste that cools to a cold brew perfection.
No surprises and that's OK because this coffee is super good. And the crema! Go espresso, go cold brew and get happy.
City roast, medium-fine grind, brewed in a Hario V60 pour over (30g of coffee to 500ml of water)
This combination produced a silky body and a sweet taste with a light acidity. Pleasant indeed with a smoky finish.
Vienna roast, medium grind, brewed in a French press (40g of coffee to 500ml of water)
Oh, yeah! We upped the ratio of coffee to enhance the body, which at this level was syrupy strong with a potent chocolate, almost brownie flavour. When the cup cooled, the flavour balance evened out, making this one a great pick for cold brew.
Our only regret? We didn't pull an espresso shot. And that's where this bean shines.
Roast recommendation: Medium to dark. Oh, Vienna! You were nice. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
About the bean
A number of the major coffee-growing countries we source from may not know how great their product is. When the "good stuff" is exported elsewhere, local coffee can be a sub-par experience, roasted dark to hide defects and mixed with filler to increase volume. Happily, that isn't the case with Ethiopia, which consumes half of its annual coffee production and boasts a thriving domestic coffee culture (Google for examples of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony). The birthplace of coffee according to legend, Ethiopia is where Coffea arabica originated, which is said to be the first species of coffee ever cultivated; it remains the dominant species and accounts for more than 60 percent of the world's commercial coffee production. Given its genetic wealth and history, Ethiopia is a coffee region like none other and an unparalleled paradise of coffee flavour.
A delicious flavour combination and a must-try Yirgacheffe.
This wonderful batch of Yirgacheffe is from the Wonago district in Ethiopia's Gedeo zone, a region known for its Yirgacheffe production from farms run by local smallholder families.
Coffee cherries are sorted, depulped and then the beans, still covered in mucilage, are fermented for 36 to 48 hours before washing. The wet beans in parchment are placed on raised beds in thin layers and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of the drying process. Depending on the weather, the beans continue drying for 10 to 12 days until the moisture content reduces to 11.5 percent. The beans are then transported to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, to be milled and bagged prior to export.
BEAN: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Wanago Surafel Burhanu GR2
FERMENTATION: 36 to 48 hours
DRYING METHOD: Raised African beds
ALTITUDE: 1780 – 1850 masl.
SCREEN SIZE: 14+
DIRECT TRADE: Yes (bought directly from the farmer)
GRAIN PRO: Yes
CUPPING NOTES: Strawberry, rose, dried fruit, toffee, good acidity.
SPECIAL NOTE: This batch of Yirgacheffe is an entirely NEW entry to our inventory (a different supplier from our usual).
Roast recommendation: Typically, light to medium. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
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About the bean
A traditional European-style espresso and a perfect balance of bittersweet notes. Jubilee is rich in flavour with an almond colouring and thick crema.
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