||Sul Minas region, Minas Gerais State
|Farm / Coop
||Fazenda Grupo BSC
||Yellow Bourbon (100%)
||Natural (sun dried)
||84 points. AROMA/FLAVOR: Apricot, fruity, vanilla. ACIDITY: Mild citric. OTHER: Nice, robust body. Classic, clean, sweet Brazilian Natural profile.
ARRIVED IN 59-KILO GRAINPRO® BAGS LATE DECEMBER 2017.
These coffee beans, processed using the "natural" method, come from Fazenda Grupo BSC in the well-known Sul Minas region of Minas Gerais state, in Brazil. As with all of our coffees, we sourced these coffee beans directly from the farm. Nelson and Eleni visited the farm in July of 2011, January 2015, and Nelson again in June 2017 and cupped many samples, discussed coffee production with farm mangement and met with workers and their families while walking the coffee plantation. Nelson visits Brazilian farms every year, the last time with Eleni in March of 2018.
The "natural" process is the most common in Brazil, and makes these coffee beans popular for espresso blends because of its ability to provide floral hints and rich crema. In the natural process, coffee cherries are harvested and dried directly under the full sun in large concrete patios or mechanical dryers. Neither the skin nor the coffee cherry pulp (mucilage) are removed by means of water or fermentation. The coffee cheries dry and ferment like raisins and provide thier characteristic flavor and aroma. The drying is done over a 7-10 day period, until 11% moisture content is reached. After drying, the coffee is kept in wooden silos at the farm's warehouse for resting (reposo).
Natural-processed coffees make excellent espresso blends because they provide rich, thick crema