Brazil Vivenda das Aguas by Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters Review |
  • Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters

    Missoula, Montana
  • Brazil Vivenda das Aguas

Roast: Medium Review Date: April 2005
Origin: Matas de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Gently pungent in the aroma: semi-sweet chocolate, cedar, a hint of pruny fruit and Mediterranean herbs. In the cup quietly attractive structure, with a balanced bittersweetness and a shimmer of acidity, but little nuance. Clean, rich, long finish.

Notes: Cup of Excellence winners are green coffees that have been awarded ratings of over 80 by juries of international cuppers and auctioned to roasters on the Internet. This coffee was awarded a rating of 86.43 by the jury at the 2003 Brazil Cup of Excellence competition. It comes from an old but relatively obscure Brazilian coffee growing region, Matas de Minas or "Mountains of Minas." Produced from trees of the catuai variety, a recent but respected selection of Arabica, and processed by the pulped natural method, meaning the skin is removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking, but the seeds or beans are dried with the sweet pulp, or fruit flesh, still adhering to them. Hunter Bay is a wholesale roaster with a particularly informative website and an impressive selection of coffees. Visit or call 406-273-5490 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer balance to extremes.


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