Creamy body with a tangy orange finish. Like a blood orange posset.
Sítio Bela Vista is a 45-hectare farm where 25 hectares are dedicated to coffee. The farm is owned by José Leandor Romão, but the land has been in his family for more than 100 years. Coffee has always been the primary crop, but the family's focus on specialty coffee began in 2002 when coffees from Bela Vista won a regional contest. His coffee was also pre-selected for the 2016 Cup of Excellence competition.
Coffee in Brazil is mainly processed either fully natural (dried in the skin), or pulped natural (dried in the mucilage after depulping). This particular lot is fully washed which is unusual for Brazilian coffees and has resulted in something quite different in the cup. Still the heavy creamy body associated with Brazil coffees but with a clean and sparkling acidity. Quite delicious and a first for Crankhouse.
After de-pulping the mucilage covered coffee beans are soaked in fermentation tanks which are used to remove the remaining mucilage before drying: The pulped coffee beans are put into cement tanks with water and are allowed to ferment for 16-36 hours where the yeasts and bacteria metabolise the available sugars and acids. After fermentation, the beans are moved to drying patios and dried under cover to 11-12% moisture content.