Locale: State of Minas Gerais, in the Mogiana region
Altitude: 1150m (average)
Processing: Pulp Natural Process
Varietal: Mundo Novo
In the cup: Sweet, medium intensity, Almond nut, syrupy body, hint of berry, dark chocolate and roasted nuts dominate the finish.
This is our replacement for the time being, for Daterra Sweet Collection which is out of stock locally.
Background: Daterra Farms is a remarkable force in the Brazilian coffee world, and the entire coffee world in general.
Here we find one of the most innovative coffee cultivators, where each step is scrutinized, rethought, reinvented. It is more of a coffee research institute than a farm! Well, that’s not true … like all farms the coffee tree predominates, but here we have each plot marked off in terms of what “experiment” is currently being conducted to improve cup quality. They have huge areas of pure Catuai cultivar, Icatu, Mundo Novo and other much rarer cultivars.
And then there are the old traditional cultivars, Typica and pure Yellow Bourbon.
Daterra blend the various plots, like a vintner might blend their grapes from within a farm, to get the desired results. They sell these blends (such as Sweet Collection, Reserve, etc). While most of their green blends have their distinctive srengths, the Sweet Blue is something of a standout. It is sweeter, as the name suggests, and really nicely prepared using the Penta system preparation.
What’s Penta? It’s Daterra’s system to sort coffee under ultraviolet light, with added defect removal steps, store in special warehouses optimized for coffee, locking in the moisture content in the green coffee with vacuum packaging, boxing and shipping.
Roasting Notes: Normally we would suggest that this green blend can go pretty deep and still retain its qualitys. But with Sweet Blue, we think a lighter touch brings out its best. Like with many puled naturals, go lighter on the heat early on to avoid tipping and burning,