||Brazil Fazenda Inglaterra Canario Pulped Natural 2012
Another Has Bean world exclusive. This year we have purchased every bag from this farm. We have bought this varietal 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.
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".
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.
Okay, I have to tell you, I love this coffee very much, like one of my 'special selection coffees'. It is one of the most amazingly fruity, clean coffees I've ever come across. It's a big cup of pineapple and summer fruits, think zingy acidity, think super, super clean, and very, very special. This coffee keeps improving year on year, you can taste in every cup the investment Stephen has put into the farm.
Farm: Fazenda Inglaterra
Farmer: Stephen Hurst
City: Poços de Caldas
Region: Minas Gerias
Farm Size: 10 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 5 Hectares
Processing System: Pulped Natural
This coffee doesn't need to go any further than the first pops of second crack. We sell this roasted to a medium profile, without any oils in sight.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Pineapple, zingy acidity, clean, summer fruits.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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