Brazil Fazenda Vista Alegre
A hard, nasty ferment mars an otherwise sweetly rich profile.
The Fazenda Vista Alegre estate processes their coffee by allowing it to dry on the tree, the ultimate in dry naturals. However, this is a problem if rain causes mold. A sweetly rich profile is marred by a hard, nasty ferment. Fazenda Vista Alegre was the first Brazilian estate to make inroads into the American specialty scene. It did so by turning Brazil dry-processing into a virtue, promoting its coffees as the ultimate in natural: dried not only in the fruit, but on the tre
Who Should Drink It
This particular Vista Alegre is interesting only as an example of a hard Brazil coffee. I have cupped other Vista Alegre coffees that are free of this fault.
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This review originally appeared in the January, 1999 tasting report: Brazil and Brazils