Auto Coffee

Brazil Fazenda Sertãozinho

Location: New Taipei City, Taiwan

Origin: São Sebastião da Grama, São Paulo state, south-central Brazil

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $600/16 ounces

Review Date: August 2018

Agtron: 50/65

Aroma: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Crisply sweet, spice-toned. Roasted cashew, gardenia, apricot, cardamom, baker’s chocolate in aroma and small cup. Satiny mouthfeel; richly layered finish with notes of chocolate and faintly smoky aromatic wood. Crisply and persuasively chocolaty in three parts milk.


This coffee earned the fifth-highest rating in a tasting of natural-processed single-origin espressos for Coffee Review’s August 2018 tasting report. Produced at Fazenda Sertãozinho entirely of the Yellow Bourbon variety of Arabica and processed by the natural method, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. AUTO Coffee is a small coffee roastery based in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Visit www.holdcafe.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: A gently roast-toned natural-processed Brazil espresso that leads with notes of sweet nut and fruit, supported by an appealing cardamom-like spice. The nut and fruit turn distinctly chocolaty in milk.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2018 tasting report: Natural-Process Espressos: Fruit and Chocolate Exalted

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