Since the last bag of Finca Matilde (Honduras) was snapped up from our retail rack, we are a little overdue in rolling out another single origin espresso. This slight delay was because we took a little longer to experiment with this new coffee, tweaking the roast profile a couple of times before we hit the sweet spot of where we felt brought out the best from the cup. We are pleased to finally present our new single origin espresso coffee from Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (“FAF”), Brazil. Some of you might find this farm familiar. It is actually the same Brazilian farm used in our latest El Primero seasonal espresso blend. However, this is a totally different coffee in terms of varietal, processing method and cup profile. This microlot #48 from FAF is a single varietal, natural processed coffee by producers Silvia Barretto and Marcos Croce. We are really glad we managed to secure some of this microlot coffee, as there were only 6 bags (360kg) of this microlot available from 2012/13 harvest.
Natural (Dry) processed coffees have become quite sought after in recent years due to the belief that when done properly, natural processing can lead to more fruit-toned sweetness and complexity in the cup profile. The risk of this processing method is mold formation and over-fermentation if not properly done. For this FAF microlot, the cherries were picked selectively and dried on raised beds using shade. The raised bed is for increased airflow, control ad hygiene and the shade is to control the temperature. Coffee is predominantly dried by wind but reactions occur during the drying that add more flavours to the cup. Using shade, the temperatures are kept from climbing too high during the day and also to keep these reactions/fermentation positive for flavours development.
This microlot is quite a complex cup. It is loaded with fruity sweetness, like cranberries and grapes coated with a layer of marzipan. There are also hints of hazelnut that linger in the long finish. Coupled with a creamy mouthfeel, this espresso is truly a SWEET treat.
This new coffee will be retailed as a 300g bag. We have decided to “upsize” the packaging for single origin espresso instead of the previous 250g bags. The rationale is the same as why we package our El Primero seasonal espresso blend in 300g bags. In general, there will be some wastage of beans used to calibrate your espresso shots. This will probably deprive you of 2-3 cups of coffees (might be more sometimes) as you ditch the test shots. Hence, with that additional 50g of coffee, you can now “stretch” that bag for perhaps another day or 2. A resting period of 8-9 days after roast is recommended before use.
We are really happy to share with you this microlot from the good folks at FAF. Their belief in sustainability and care for the environment deserves much respect. Come by Nylon, grab a bag of this new coffee and taste the fruits of their hard work, and ours too : )
- Farm: Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza Microlot 48
- Origin: Mococa, São Paulo, Brazil
- Producer: Silvia Barretto and Marcos Croce
- Varietal: Red Catuai
- Process: Natural
- Altitude: 1100m asl
- Lot Size: 360 kilos
- Harvest: June 2012