WHY WE LOVE IT: A sweet and creamy coffee that makes us even more excited for the future of specialty coffee in Brazil.
DESCRIPTION: creamy, pear, cashew brittle, red grape
REGION: Serra do Cabral, Minas Gerais
ALTITUDE: 1,100 m
PROCESSING: Natural, shade slow-dried
VARIETY: Yellow Catuai
For years, coffee from Brazil has been a staple in specialty coffee shops around the world as roasters rely on it to be a consistent and readily available anchor for blends all year long. Recently, however, we’ve started to recognize the fantastic work being done by Brazilian producers to grow coffees that are delicious in their own right.
The Flanzer family is an agricultural family, working within the Serra do Cabral region for over 30 years. When Marcello and Roberto Flanzer took over their family business in the early 2000s, they decided the right time to grow coffee on their family farm. They founded Ecoagricola Serra do Cabral in 2006, where they grow only yellow and red catuai.
In 2015, they began a project with the University of Lavras to experiment with new drying techniques for their natural and pulp natural coffees. By committing to the highest levels of traceability and care, they can track subtle changes in each microlot’s quality as they hone in their processing even more. This coffee, a yellow catuai, was shade-dried and turned several times a day. Once dried, it rested for 30 days in a cool, dark environment, giving it many of its unique characteristics. We’re loving this coffee for its comforting sweetness, creamy body and subtle malic acidity. It’s a perfect snapshot of Brazil’s future in specialty coffee and we couldn’t be more thrilled.