THIS IS PERFECT FOR:
Any time – it’s a great all-rounder!
Sitio Jacutinga, Poço Fundo, Minas Gerais
If you’ve been part of our gang for a while, you’ll know that we’re 4 years into a project with the community at Jacutinga in the hills of Southern Minas Gerais, about 45 mins drive from the small town of Poço Fundo. The two farmers with whom we work most closely are Osmar Pereira (who produces You Gotta Fight) and now Elton Alves.
Elton is a younger guy, who is keen to push the boundaries of what can be achieved in terms of the quality and flavour of his coffee, and together with our great friends at Legender Specialty Coffees, Demilson & Herico, as well our good friend Ian from Ethical Addictions Coffee in the UK, we talked about funding some raised drying beds, in order for Elton to do some experimental lots – processing his coffee in a way that would far more likely be seen in Eastern Africa than in Brazil.
In Brazil, farmers use patios to dry their coffee, instead of raised beds. The extra air circulation, the thickness of the layers, the temperature control – all these are factors on how the finished coffee will taste, and we were delighted to help install the beds when we visited Brail in the spring of 2019. This is basically down to you guys, so if you’ve bought coffee from us, especially Osmar’s coffee, then you’ve helped make this happen.
We were sent updates of Elton and his families experiments (he roped his mother in to ensuring that the coffee was turned regularly), and we guaranteed a price far higher than the normal, regardless of the results. If the coffee was undrinkable, then we’d still buy it, because we wanted Elton to be sure that we were invested in the project, and to allow him to use some of his best coffees to experiment with without worrying about the cost implications.
It arrived with us a couple of months ago, and we’re delighted to be able to share it with you now. 20% of sale price will go straight back into the next stage of development in the project, as well as other support from both us and Legender.
Due to it’s experimental nature, this is a small lot, so it won’t hang around for ages, but we hope to be able to persuade Elton to process more next year, and to see the improvement in quality kick on again.
Compared to the patio-processed Jacutinga, this is fruitier, a little spicier, and more complex. There’s plenty of chocolate, but it’s dark chocolate instead of milk, and there’s an elegant red grape fruitiness, as well as a gentle warming liquorice flavour going on. In espresso, it’s incredibly sweet, sticky, and moreish. In milk drinks, it’s wonderfully rich, with a load of blackberry jam-like flavours coming through. In filter, or pour-over, the red grape juiciness comes to the fore, with a massive chocolate background. However you brew it, it’s delicious, thanks to the families involved, the care taken at each step of the chain, and your continued support.
PART OF OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD:
COFFEE BEAN SPECIFICATION
Raised bed natural process
Red & yellow catuai
Elton Alves, Osmar Pereira & families
We love this coffee brewed for: