When we visited Brazil last year, we had to cup through many rounds of samples in order to find something we wanted to showcase at Nylon. We ended up shortlisting 3 coffees from different partner farms of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (FAF).Read More
Filtering by Tag: brazil
Launching new coffees always excite us, because we love to share good coffee that we enjoy ourselves. This new one we are rolling out adds a tad more excitement as it is our first time offering a coffee from Brazil, which will be featured for filter brew.Read More
One of the partnering farms of Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza, Sitio Canaã is owned and managed by brothers Joao Hamilton and Ivan Dos Santos. This was one of the very first farms that we bought directly from back in 2012.Read More
One of the last few coffees that we have lined up before the end of 2014. This new coffee is from a country which we have visited back in August. Known for being the world’s largest producer, Brazil has been producing vast quantities of commercial grade coffee. Specialty coffee is only a tiny fraction of what it exports internationally. For us, it is a challenge to find good, clean Brazils. We are fortunate that we found a few this year and Fazenda Vale Verde is one of them.
Located on the plateau of Conquista, in the town of Barra do Choca, Fazenda Vale Verde was first planted 42 years ago, by Nilho Coelho. Today his son Nilo Coelho Filho is the owner of the farm and continues the family of tradition of producing excellent quality coffee.
The area is blessed with good conditions for growing coffee, with rain distributed evenly throughout the year.
- Farm: Fazenda Vale Verde
- Region: Bahia Brazil
- Town: Barra do Choca
- Altitude: 1100m asl
- Producer: Nilo Coelho Filho
- Varietal: Catucaí/Catuaí
- Processing: Pulped Natural and Natural
The espresso is gentle on acidity with hints of apricots and grapefruits. Creamy mouthfeel and cocoa nibs in the finish. This espresso works beautifully with milk. Comfort and warming - just like Christmas!
Available now on web or in store.
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