Brazil Inglaterra Acaia 2008-2009 Pulped Natural

Summary

Bean name Brazil Inglaterra Acaia 2008-2009 Pulped Natural
Country Brazil
Region Minas Gerais State

Description

This is another chance to try a coffee from a farm very familiar to Has Bean customers, but this time it's a different varietal -and boy is it different.

Acaia is a varietal that I don't know much about and I haven't really come across it before. I aim to find out more about it for sure.

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".



This coffee is so different to the Canario from the same farm, yet at the same time, in some ways, it shares a familiarity. It has the same smoothness and sweetness as Canario, but not the funky fruit. It therefore has much more balance, not unlike that of Cacheoira. This is Inglaterra but it's like Canario's shy little sister. Chocolate, creamy with hints of Parma violet sweets and a little tea like. Yummy!

(UPDATE)
I found out some more about Acaia and this coffee. Although it says Pulp Natural on the bags, it's a mix of Pulped Natural and Natural, you can really taste this in the cup, so I asked and it was confirmed.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 6/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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