This sweet and juicy natural-process Yellow Bourbon boasts aromas of roasted almond, vanilla bean, and grapefruit. Notes of semi-sweet chocolate and cashew in the brewed cup, with light brown sugar sweetness, are balanced by grilled lemon acidity. Cloves appear in the aftertaste for a lightly spiced, faintly savory finish.
Producer: The Pereira Family
Farm: Fazenda Santa Inês
Altitude: 2,950-3,445 feet
Region: Carmo de Minas, Minas Gerais
Varietal: Yellow Bourbon
Notes: Roasted Almond, Grilled Lemon, Brown Sugar
Coffee growing in Carmo de Minas has been the business of the Pereira family since 1979. When the family started managing 215 hectares of farmland at Fazenda Santa Inês, it was already planted in coffee, but the family hired experts to help improve quality, introduced new harvesting/processing techniques, and implemented the newest farm technology available. Since making these changes, the coffees from Santa Inês have stood out in regional and national contests. In 2005, a coffee from Fazenda Santa Inês won first place in Brazil's Cup of Excellence competition, with a world-record 95.85 score.
The farm is planted with Catucai, Yellow and Red Catuai, Yellow and Red Bourbon, and Acaia on about 100 hectares; the rest of the farmland is used for bananas, corn, and dairy cows. Annual coffee production is around 4,000 bags.
The Pereiras say, "In Carmo, soil and climatic conditions are favorable to the coffee. It is what French people call 'terroir,' and our region is doing its homework; we are on the right way. Now we can only expect better times."
Judging by this lot, they're well on their way.