||Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Natural 2018
||Varietal: Acaia, Icatu and Catuai
This is a world exclusive coffee, only available here at Hasbean!
Fazenda Inglaterra is a farm we are supporting for the tenth (!) year, cruising into double digits in 2018. It's a farm that I am super proud to be working with and linked with because the owner is my very good friend, Stephen Hurst.
I’ll let Stephen of the Hurst variety 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's name (Fazenda Toca Da Onca) means 'hiding place of a small wildcat'. The locals now call 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, and 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. The farm's elevation is 950–1300 metres, and it has rich soil. It's 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 have started."
Back to Stephen of the Leighton variety!
This lot is made up of a mixture of 3 different varietals, but mostly of the Acaia varietal, which is very rare and, to be completely honest, I didn't know too much about until we bought it from this farm a few years ago. I had seen it appear occasionally in Brazilian Cup of Excellence lots, but I had never come across it personally until we found this coffee. A hybrid from the Mundo Novo plant, Acaia is mainly found in Brazil and is best grown at altitudes of 800 metres or above. The fruit is large in size and predominantly red in colour. In fact, this varietal is rarely encountered outside of Brazil, where it has adapted well to the climate and conditions. There have been varied results when it has been tried elsewhere.
The downside to this varietal is its susceptibility to coffee plant diseases and pests. Mundo Novo is rare enough and not very prevalent, but Acaia is incredibly rare. Alongside the Acaia is Icatu and Catuai.
In the cup expect bitter baker's chocolate, with hints of date, muscovado sugar and pecan nut. Look out for the thick and gloopy mouthfeel too.
Region: Minas Gerais
City: Poços de Caldas
Farm: Fazenda Inglaterra
Farmer: Stephen Hurst
Farm size: 10 hectares
Coffee growing area: 5 hectares
Altitude: 1,200 m.a.s.l.
Varietal: Acaia, Icatu and Catuai
Processing system: Natural
Medium dark – steady through the gap and drop when it's just on the edge of second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Baker's chocolate, date, muscovado sugar, pecan nut, thick, gloopy.
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