Brazil Fazenda Lagoa Yellow Icatu Pulped Natural 2012


Bean name Brazil Fazenda Lagoa Yellow Icatu Pulped Natural 2012
Country Brazil
Region Minas Gerais
Other info Varietal: Yellow Icatu


This micro lot came as a really nice surprise and out of the blue. I got sent the sample blind and got really excited about it. You will see Lagoa at other roasters, but not this tiny micro lot.

Owned by the Vieira family this farm can be found in Sul de Minas the heart of Minas Gerais, the well known coffee growing region, with its rolling mountains, lakes and rich farmland.

In the slopes of Serra do Pau D'Alho, coffee is produced at altitudes ranging from 950 to 1200 meters. Fazenda Lagoa has 220 hectares in coffee, producing approximately 7000 bags a year, (which is huge in farm standards) and 600 hectares of preserved forest attracting conservationists from all over the world to study its hundreds of different bird species.

As I mentioned, lots of roasters have Lagoa (because of the size of the farm), so what makes this special? Well first it's a pulped natural process and the varietal is Yellow Icatu. Icatu is an unusual varietal. With DNA in Iapar 59 and others, this relatively young varietal came to the forefront in 1985 in Brazil, but was officially released in 1993.

There are lots of sub varietals of and around Icatu, most of them just sub variations. These hybrids are the result of repeated backcrossing of Arabica with Robusta hybrids to Arabica cultivars with Mundo Novo and Caturra, and this is by far the most complicated of the varietals I’ve looked at so far.

It has a strong resistance to leaf rust, and rootknot neratodes. A relatively young varietal, its true potential as a specialty coffee has yet to be accessed but its pest resistance and success in Brazil’s Cup of Excellence competition show positive signs, as does the result in the cup.

So in the cup expect super clean, buttery mouthfeel with nutmeg spice that lingers. But the big thing is its sweetness, like popcorn caramel that's delicious.

Roasting Information:
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:
Buttery mouthfeel, nutmeg, sweet, popcorn, caramel.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 7/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 7/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 90

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