NUTTY, TOFFEE, CHOCOLATY
The process of applying heat to green coffee beans to transform it’s chemical & physical properties, resulting in roasted coffee beans that can be brewed.
We’ve enjoyed the dark toffee tones that roasting this selection with our Bold Profile brings out. Because this coffee’s from a slightly low elevation, we used a little less up-front heat than we would with other coffees.
Similar to Napa Valley or Burgundy for wine, the region where a coffee is grown can tell us a lot about the coffee.
SÃO SEBASTIÃO DA GRAMA
São Sebastião da Grama is a municipality within São Paulo, which is Brazil’s wealthiest state. Many residents, including coffee farmers, in the region enjoy access to healthcare and schools, and have good incomes.
The farm & mill where the coffee cherry is grown & processed.
Fazenda Rainha is managed by José Renato G. Dias, an agricultural engineer who specializes in coffee production. Dias has used his expertise to produce coffees that have been finalists in the Cup of Excellence seven times and won once. Dias doesn’t just grow great coffee, though. He also cares for his employees by providing housing, health plans that include unlimited hospital care and an on-site school for workers’ children.
The method by which the green coffee bean is removed from the fruit & then dried & stored can affect the taste of the coffee.
Pulp natural, or semi-washed, processing leaves some of the coffee cherries’ mucilage on the beans. The beans are dried in the sun with the sticky fruit on them. This processing method:
- Is known for producing sweet coffees with a rounded mouthfeel
- Creates a less acidic coffee than wet processing
- Affords a consistent cup with uniform flavors throughout
Most wine drinkers know whether they prefer a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot. Similarly, the Arabica coffee plant has several botanical varieties, each with unique taste characteristics.
Yellow Bourbon is a sub-varietal of Bourbon. Along with Typica, Bourbon is considered the first coffee varietal. Yellow Bourbon gets its name from the yellow color that the cherries become when mature.