Brazil Inglaterra Special Fazenda Toca da Onca (2007-2008 crop)


Bean name Brazil Inglaterra Special Fazenda Toca da Onca (2007-2008 crop)
Country Brazil
Region Minas Gerais
Other info 2007-2008 crop


After the huge success of this coffee last year, we've been really excited about receiving this coffee again, and here it is. Unfortunately the crop has been tiny this year as Stephen tries to raise production hand in hand with quality.

Who's Stephen? Well he is our good friend who is a UK importer, who like a crazy man bought the farm next door to our old favourite Fazenda Cachoeira, called Toca da Onca.

I'll let him tell the story.

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. And now I am the delighted to receive the first crop. The farm (Fazenda Toca Da Onca) means hiding place of a small Wildcat. The locals called the farm Inglaterra. Toca Da Onca/Inglaterra had been abandoned by the previous owners; 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 tree's. For the coffee people the varietals are Icatu, Acaia and Catucai. In future I expect coffee cherry varietals to become as well know 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 image. 50% of the farm is Virgin Mata Atlantica Forest and as long as I own it; it still 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. Gabriel told me in the old days every farm had a fool and now every fool has a farm! He may be right; but I am enjoying it. In the meantime - I hope you enjoy the second crop.

Ok so a story coffee is all well and good, but unless it tastes good to then its just hot air. But when Stephen, Gabriel and Cristiano get involved, quality is going to be the number one consideration. I was told the crop could have been a lot larger, but like all good coffee growers Stephen realised that some coffee is speciality and some is commercial grade. The average coffee is often mixed in to the good stuff (nothing that we buy but it happens) so there is more but its average. This is the cream of the crop the very best and it tells. In the cup expect the typical sweet Brazil profile I've come to love. Caramel full body and a great balance. I feel this coffee comes into its own in the espresso expect FANTASTIC mouthfeel, better than the Cachoeira? Well its very similar (which is an accolade in its self) but has a certain juicy sweetness, compared to the Cachoeira dry sweetness. I'm proud to have been able to secure this coffee as it's a limited release, we wont have it all year, but we have secured a tiny amount, but at a much higher price than last time (supply and demand and all). But we think its worth it, for this very special coffee, we hope you do too.

Cupping notes

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

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