It doesn't get much sweeter than this. No sugar needed.
About the bean
We're thrilled to welcome this natural Brazilian to our inventory. Our former in-house beans expert, cupper and roaster, Priscila Fonseca, has a family tie to this particular Brazilian - it's from her family farm!
Monte Verde farm is located in the south of Minas Gerais - the big wheel on Brazil's coffee producing campus - in the municipality of Santana da Vargem. The farm grew and modernized under the innovative eye of the family's matriarch, and all who work here are treated like family. Two sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, along with collaborators have taken Fazenda Monte Verde and Fazenda Nevada (another farm in the municipality of Campanha) to where they are today. The greatest of care during harvest and post-harvest is evident in the cup.
This pick represents the flavours of southern Minas Gerais and was produced by Danielle Fonseca and Ana Elisa (Ana also runs a farm in Santana da Vargem with her brothers Wander and Wagner).
Pictured are Danielle and sister Priscila. Granddaughter and coffee farmer's daughter, Danielle Fonseca started managing the family farm with her father in 2016. When her parents moved to another city and Priscila moved to Canada, she took over management of the farm by herself. She works tirelessly to implement sustainable practices and to improve post-harvesting methods so her coffee's special characteristics shine. Traceability of every step involved in harvesting is available for all lots produced by Fazenda da Serra.
Our favourite Brazilian.
Farm: Fazenda da Serra & Fazenda Monte Verde
Producers: Danielle Fonseca & Ana Elisa Inacio de Brito
Region: Sul de Minas
Sub-region: Santana da Vargem
Community: Serras de Minas Group
Altitude: 900 masl.
Varietals: Mundo Novo
Screen Size: 15+
Drying Method: Sun-dried
Grain PRO: Yes
Direct Trade: Yes (bought directly from the farmer)
Cupping Notes: Chocolate, malt, sweet, peanut butter. Delicate body and nice aftertaste.
Roasting recommendation: Roast at a City or Full City profile to enhance body and sweetness. Lighter works very well. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.View full product details
About the bean
Strictly Soft (SS) | Fine Cup (FC)
The Swiss Water Process begins with pure water and ends with amazing coffee that is 99.9% caffeine free.
Brazilian beans with a 17/18 screen size tend to be a more consistent, higher quality offering without the pungent floral notes associated with smaller, less mature beans.
Fine Cup (FC) beans are a specialty grade coffee. Strictly Soft (SS) beans are grown at relatively low altitudes (under 4,000 ft).
Medium body, chocolate and nut notes. Good for both drip and espresso.View full product details
About the bean
The BRA PEA, as we call the Brazilian Peaberry here at Green Beanery, is a servery staple and the modest star of our coffee world: sweet and strong, tasty with a choc-note finish, this is our go-to bean for espresso.
Much is made of the peaberry, lone child champion of the coffee cherry (in which one seed is fertilized instead of two because one failed to develop). Science hasn't yet proved that the smaller, denser peaberry really is more flavorful than twin-seed normals because it might absorb more nutrients that would otherwise be divided. That said, the BRA PEA packs quite a flavour punch.
Generally speaking, what can be said of the peaberry is that it is rounded (as there's more space to form without having to lie flat against another) and this free-to-be-ness rolls well in roaster drums to produce a more even result. Because peaberries are typically hand-sorted to separate them from regular beans (that's how these natural mutations are discovered), they can be quite pricey. Producer countries like Brazil, Kenya and Tanzania are usually the source of peaberry coffees as their infrastructure facilitates the finding and sorting of these beans.
This tasty coffee is a servery staple for a variety of espresso drinks; use in blends or as a morning brew. Unlike others of its kind, the price for this peaberry is extra nice.
Region: Vale da Grama
Source: The award-winning Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama
On this farm everything is done manually, which includes coffee plantation handling and harvest, since its topography does not allow for any kind of mechanization.
Process: Natural and Pulped Natural
Drying Method: Sun dried on patios
Altitude: 1,100-1,250 masl.
Certifications: BSCA and Rainforest Alliance
We played around with a medium roast profile and enjoyed a strong base of cocoa, top notes of ripe fruit and a nice chocolate finish. Good body. Expect a strong, flavorful brew with little in the way of complexity. Reviews of the Brazilian Peaberry have always impressed us over time - folks really dig the BRA PEA. And with a forgiving price, this bean is open to experimentation.
Roast Recommendation: City to City+. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
About the bean
Pulped natural coffees are inclined towards sweetness and a rich, creamy taste. They are generally lower in acidity with more body than washed coffees, and offer a cleaner, more uniform cup than natural processed coffees. Pulped natural processing involves one more step than natural coffee processing: once the cherries are harvested they are pulped to remove the skin. The cherry seeds are extracted with mucilage (a sticky residue) intact. For washed coffee, the cherry seeds with mucilage would typically transfer to a fermentation tank but the pulped natural method lays out the seeds to dry on a raised bed or patio, which allows air to flow above and below for a higher-quality coffee. In this way, the characteristics of the coffee seed are deepened.
Brazilian Pulped Natural Coffee offers various notes: slightly fruity, berry, sweet, as well as chocolatey in flavour. Balanced and aromatic, medium acidity.
Roasting recommendation: Light to medium roast.
Our warehouse is moving! This bean should be available again after April 1. Stay tuned!View full product details