Old Soul Co.
Brazil Fazenda São Bento
|Roaster Location:||Sacramento, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Sul de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil|
|Est. Price:||$18.00/12 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2018|
|Acidity /Structure :||9|
Blind Assessment: Deeply and sweetly pungent, juicy. Black currant, orange zest, cocoa, lavender, oak in aroma and cup. Sweetly and gently tart in structure, gently savory-edged. Light but silky, lively mouthfeel. Quietly rich finish: orange zest and lavender.
Notes: This coffee tied for the highest rating in a cupping of coffees from Brazil for Coffee Review’s May 2018 tasting report. Produced by Luis Carlos Gomes of São Bento farm, a medium-sized farm in the Sul de Minas growing region, from trees the respected Yellow Catuai and hybrid Icatu varieties. This is a “natural” or dry-processed coffee, which means the beans or seeds were dried encased in the entire fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet- or “washed”-processed coffees. Naturals form the backbone of the Brazil coffee industry, but this lot reflects a particularly refined approach to the method. Old Soul is a roastery, bakery and crafter of artisanal goods dedicated to quality in every form. Visit www.oldsoulco.com or call 916-443-7685 for more information.
The Bottom Line : A subtle but seductive cup, juicy, savory-sweet, with a pleasing range of aromatics: lavender, orange, cocoa.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2018 tasting report: Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises