Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Bourbon Pulped Natural 2009-2010 Crop


Bean name Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Bourbon Pulped Natural 2009-2010 Crop
Country Brazil
Region Minas Gerais
Other info Bourbon


A staple, a big favorite, a stunning example of what a very fine coffee from Brazil should be. Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira Pure Yellow Bourbon from the Minas Gerais area is one of my all time perfect cups. It's been a little tougher to find the right microlot from the farm this year, but on my November 2009 trip we managed to select this one.

This coffee sparked a massive change in what I thought that knew about coffee. Gabriel, the farmer, continues to produce better and better coffee year on year. Beware though, not all Cachoeira is as good as this one that we offer. Some other farmers have stolen the name because of Gabriel's reputation; he has received accolades everywhere and is a Cup of Excellence award winner. If that was not enough, some roasters/resellers also sell cheaper grades of coffee from the same farm under an identical 'Cachoeira' banner. thats why its named da Grama now.

Because of the relationship we and our importers enjoy with Gabriel we get access to the cream of his crop, so this is one of the best Brazils in the world, and thats why we were able to select what we wanted.

Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has been in the Carvalho Dias family since 1890 and recently celebrated its 106th crop. It is located in São Paolo State just 3 miles from the border with Minas Gerais State. It enjoys the typical characteristics of the mountainous Mogiana and Sul de Minas regions and is located at an altitude of 1,100-1,250 metres. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias is one of Brazil's leading agronomists. His family owns several farms which border each other in this area.

With a total area of 417 hectares, Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has a coffee plantation area of 165 hectares. On this farm everything is done manually since its topography does not allow any kind of mechanisation. The mill is located close to the spa town of Poços de Caldas, 45 mins from the farm.

Social and environmental sustainability is considered very important here. The farm has a programme of planting native species to maintain a better ecological balance. There is also a school, a club and an official size soccer field for the employees and workers. There are 47 houses, all with modern facilities. The waste water is treated to avoid polluting the stream that runs across the farm. The farm has a small hydroelectric plant and only buys energy during the peak harvest.

Some of the original Bourbon varietal trees are as much as 107 years old. The beans are harvested on a sheet and prepared by the 'pulped natural' process that separates the greens. After harvest the beans receive the maximum attention possible so as not to lose any of the body and cup qualities for which this region is famed

In the cup what really hits you is the outstanding sweetness. There is chocolate, caramel and toffee. Is this the perfect espresso? Well it's an example of how good single estate coffee can be in the espresso machine. For me, it's close to perfection in a cup. Astounding, truly astounding.
Farm: Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama
Processing:Pulped Natural
Altitude:1,100-1,250 metres above sea level
Owner:Lidolpho de Carvalho Dias & Family
City:São Sebastião da Grama
Region:Mogiana (São Paolo)

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 8/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 8/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 8/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 8/8
Correction +36
Total 96

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