Ecco Caffe

Brazil Daterra Reserve Cerrado

Location: Santa Rosa, California

Origin: Cerrado growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price:

Review Date: May 2008

Agtron: 48/58

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 7

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Co-cupper Ted Stachura (91) and Ken (88) both admired the honeyish, crisply fruit- and floral-influenced aroma. Ken, however, found the cup very slightly sharp with a mild but distracting astringency. Ted, however, had no complaints: “bright, tangy acidity with floral tones. Flavor: floral, sweet, [with] notes of tangerine and fruity white wine. Mild, nutty finish.”


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. This coffee is Rainforest Alliance certified, meaning it was produced following sustainable ecological and socio-economic criteria developed by the Sustainable Agricultural Network, a coalition of independent, environment-focused non-governmental organizations. Daterra is among the world’s most technically sophisticated coffee producers, with three model environmentally and socially progressive farms in the admired Cerrado growing region of Brazil. Ecco Caffe is a small, genuinely artisan specialty roaster that specializes in relatively light-roasted, “Northern Italian Style” espressos and select single-origin coffees. Visit www.eccocaffe.com or call 707-525-9309 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a delicate but refreshingly bright cup.

This review originally appeared in the May, 2008 tasting report: "S" as in Sexy: New Specialty Offerings from Brazil

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