||Brazil Inglaterra Acaia Natural 2011
||Acacia Varietal, Natural Process
A world exclusive, only available as a Has Bean Special. This is a farm we are supporting for the fourth year, and one that I am very proud to be working with and be linked with, as the owner is my very good friend, Stephen Hurst.
I'll let Stephen Hurst 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 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 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".
Acaia is a very rare varietal that I didn't know too much about until we bought it from this farm a few years back now. I had seen it appear occasionally in Brazillian 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 predominately 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 down-side 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.
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. This year we asked Stephen to split the processing of this coffee into Pulped Natural and Natural (this being the Pulped Natural), a more traditional processing method for Minas Gerais area, and a real winner.
Similar to previous years, with this Natural there is a little more funk than with the Pulped Natural and the Canario (understandably) from the same farm, but you still get the sweet milky chocolate, it's just a little more toned and with a touch more apple, plums and a hint of sultanas. Just as with the Pulped Natural, this ends on a cherry like acidity but with more natural flavours on the back end.
This is a great example of fine Minas Gerias coffee, just with a natural swing to it.
Farm: Fazenda Inglaterra
Farmer: Stephen Hurst
City:Poços de Caldas
Region: Minas Gerias
Farm Size: 10 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 5 Hectares
Processing System: Natural
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