Sweet and creamy apricot and yellow plum with a praline finish. Suited to all brewing methods.
Sitio Sao Jose is located in São Gonçalo do Sapucai in the famous Mantiqueira de Minas region, one of the most well known coffee regions of Brazil. The owner Jose Marciano took over the farm from his father who was a cattle farmer. Jose gradually leased and then bought sections of the farm and converted them to coffee with a heavy focus on quality.
The region has the perfect combination of climate and soil fertility that promotes the production of high quality coffee. Historically Brazil coffees have been thought to have fairly unexciting flavour profiles: all body, chocolate and nuts with very low acidity and therefore quite muted without much clarity. It seems the push towards increasing quality with different varietals, more controlled fermentation and advanced production techniques are changing that and we're now seeing some exciting clean and sweet coffees with fruit characteristics.
In this Sitio Sao Jose coffee we still notice the creamy and full body, but with delicate citrus acidity and yellow fruit with notes of apricot and greengage (yellow plums to you and me). There's still that praline finish but it's soft and delicious.
Mundo Novo is the result of a natural cross between the Bourbon and Typica varieties found in Mineiros do Tiete, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
For this naturally processed coffee the beans are first sorted according to density. Drying requires a great deal of care and specialized handling, resulting in a coffee with a more aromatic cup quality, which is also rich and clean. The complex flavours of the beans are preserved by harvesting them at exactly the right stage of ripeness. The entire coffee cherry is dried and the drying fruit imparts flavour to the bean inside.
A few more facts on the farm:
- Varieties of planted coffee: Yellow and Red Catuai, Acaiá, Mundo Novo
- Planted area in hectares: 30
- Flowering: October to November
- Harvest time: July to August
- Average Temperature: 23C
- Total Area: 35 Hectares
- Processing: Natural
- Maximum Altitude: 1,320m
- Minimum Altitude: 1,200m
- Latitude: 21°58'21.40"S
- Longitude: 45°28'16.57"O
- Annual production in bags: 1438
- Certificates: Certifica Minas,Fairtrade