Brazil 'Toffee' Cerrado (green)


Origin: Brazil 

Region: Macaúbas, Monte Carmelo and Pirapitinga in the Cerrado
  Rosa Maria Martins
Farm: Sao Manoel
Altitude: 900-1100 metres
Crop Year
: 2017

In the cup: Caramel/chocolate with an aroma of honey and caramelised sugar. Balanced sweetnesss, low acidity and full body.


Background: The Expocaccer Cooperative is new to Ministry Grounds, but it presents well if this coffee is anything to go by. 

This particular coffee is not Rainforest Alliance certified, but the co-op has some good social/ethical credentials, as you can read here.

Roasting notes: The overall roasting style at Ministry Grounds is tending towards lighter roasts (even for espresso), so you will need to adjust these notes to suit your preferred profile. I start with relatively modest heat, allowing for the lower altitude of the source. The goal in our system to hit first crack in around 8-9 minutes. But moderate the heat to avoid hitting first with too much energy in the beans. From the start of first crack we coast on a gentle upward temp profile for 3-4 minutes before stopping at about a minute before second crack gets a look in.

Latest Reviews

Not Bad, Not Great
by on
I desperately wanted to like this bean as it was so much cheaper than the other Brazilian beans. The idea was to use this as a low cost (50 -60%) base for an espresso blend and combine it with some better quality beans. With luck, the resulting blend would be better than the sum of its parts.

When I got the green beans, it looked as though some of the beans had borer damage. I roasted it in my Behmor to just the cusp of the second crack. The roasted beans had a funny, wet dog, kind of smell.

Nevertheless, I proceeded to blend about 60% of this with about 20% Central American and 20% Sumatran. The taste in the cup, while not brilliant, wasn't too bad. However, you can definitely taste the difference when you use a higher quality Brazilian.

For a commercial roaster, I can see the sense in using beans of this quality to maximise their margins. For the home roaster, however, you would be better off getting a better quality Brazilian. The few dollars you save are a false economy.
Great flavour great price
by on
We've probably ordered 4-5 times from ministrygrounds, and included this bean every time. The price is fantastic, it's easy to roast, and has a great flavour. Make sure it's in your basket.
by on
This has been my staple bean ever since I started purchasing. I try lots of other green beans but this one is my must buy. It can be roasted light, medium or just after 2nd crack and it has good flavour regardless. When I roast for the rest of the family, this is the bean I use.

Write Your Own Review

Brazil 'Toffee' Cerrado (green)

Brazil 'Toffee' Cerrado (green)
  • Click a star to set your rating.
  • Click a star to set your rating.
  • Click a star to set your rating.

Product Tags


Use spaces to separate tags. Use single quotes (') for phrases.

Brazil 'Toffee' Cerrado (green)

In the cup: Caramel/chocolate with an aroma of honey and caramelised sugar. Balanced sweetnesss, low acidity and full body.


Price is per kg, not including shipping.

Crop Year:
Our Grading:
Gr 3 Commercial
Directly Traded:
Utz Certified:
Last Stocked:

Shop with Confidence

Shopping at Ministry Grounds is safe and secure - guaranteed.

All personal information is protected using industry-standard encrypted, secure transmission. Look for the 'lock' symbol in your browser.

We value your privacy and never knowingly share your personal information outside our business.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions about our store and our service.