Black Oak Coffee Roasters

Boa Vista Brazil

Location: Ukiah, California

Origin: Mantiqueira de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.50/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2016

Agtron: 57/82

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Very sweet, delicately rich. Lychee, hazelnut, roasted cacao nib, honeysuckle, cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, lightly juicy acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Lychee and roasted cacao nib go long in the sweet, resonant finish.


Produced from trees of the Bourbon, Catuai and Mundo Novo varieties of Arabica by Celso, Gertrudes and Denner Augusto on their small farm Sitio Boa Vista. A “natural” or dry-processed coffee, which means the beans or seeds were dried encased in the entire fruit. Naturals form the backbone of the Brazil coffee industry, but this lot reflects a particularly refined approach to the method. This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a test of natural-processed Brazil coffees conducted for Coffee Review‘s May 2016 tasting report. Artisan coffee-roasters in the northern California town of Ukiah, Black Oak’s mission is to bring to life each carefully selected coffee’s unique origins. For more information, visit www.blackoakcoffee.com.

The Bottom Line: A profoundly sweet cup (lychee, honeysuckle) with supporting nut and aromatic wood nuance.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2016 tasting report: Brazil Naturals: Tradition Meets Trend

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