Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Canario Pulped Natural 2010

Summary

Bean name Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Canario Pulped Natural 2010
Country Brazil
Region Minas Gerais State
Other info Canario varietal

Description

Another Has Bean world exclusive. This year we have purchased every bag of this particular Canario crop. It is one of the coffees that we have been on board with ever since the replanting. The owner, Stephen Hurst, took over the abandoned farm in 2005, and things were not good, so much of the plant stock was ripped out or renewed, with the new addition being Canario. This was one of the farms that I visited, travelling with Stephen, in November 2009. Stephen is from the UK and is our importer, with whom we work closely. More importantly he is my close friend. I'm so proud of what he has done with this farm, and the quality that he has been able to produce.

Visiting the farm really helps to forge an understanding of production methods. Doing so also meant I could appreciate the scale of production and the problems faced. It's a tiny farm, not just by Brazillian standards but generally. The drying patios are small. There has been a lot of new planting as well, which has affected the yield, and in turn impacted on investment becuase of costs. But for as long as it produces coffee like this, the farm is on the right path. I reckon had this lot found its way into the Cup of Excellence program this year, it would have been right up there, and may well even have won. On a blind cupping table of 20 coffees in the Bourbon Group (exporters) office, we had one lot that had a near empty bowl on the table, and yes it was this one.

So how do you buy a farm? I'll let Stephen tell you the story of how he came to own 'Inglaterra':

"Maybe it had always been an idea in the back of my mind - So a couple of years ago when some friends in Brazil mentioned that a small coffee farm was for sale, I had a look.

The farm (Fazenda Toca Da Onca) means hiding place of a small wildcat. The locals called the farm 'Inglaterra'. The previous owners had abandoned Toca Da Onca/Inglaterra; so we had to start again almost from scratch. Some surviving coffee trees were pruned right back and the coffee that you are now drinking is that re-growth from the original old trees. For the coffee people, the varietals are Icatu, Acaia and Catucai. In future I expect coffee cherry varietals to become as well known as wine grape varietals to a much wider audience. The farm is located near the lovely spa town of Pocos De Caldas in the coffee growing heartlands of Brazil's Minas Gerais state. Elevation 950-1300 meters, rich soil, on the edge of an ancient caldera/super volcano whose outline can be seen on satellite images. 50% of the farm is Virgin Mata Atlantica Forest and as long as I own it; it will stay that way. I am replanting some areas with the help of my local friends Gabriel and Cristiano, without whose assistance this project would never had started."

One of the most amazingly fruity clean coffees I've come across in a log time. Kiwi fruit, pineapple, huge acidity, full of character. Incredibly clean, and scarily works really well in espresso. These bright coffees tend to suffer with a lack of body, but this one holds it all together in a delicious cup.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 8/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 8/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 93

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