Rao's Coffee Roasting
Brazil Fazenda Wagner
|Roaster Location:||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|Review Date:||May 2002|
Sweet and complex with grapefruit, lemon and cocoa in the nose. The grapefruit notes dominate and harden a bit in the pleasingly rich cup, turning slightly astringent in the finish.
Fazenda Wagner, operated by the third generation of the Ferrero family, is located in the Cerrado Mineiro region, at an altitude of 1,080 meters. Judged as a green coffee, a 2001 Brazil Cup of Excellence competition winner. From the classic Brazilian growing region of Alta Mogiana, this coffee is a pulped natural or semi-dry-processed coffee, meaning the skin was removed from the fruit but the fruit pulp was allowed to remain clinging to the beans during drying. The pulped natural method generally produces a low-key but gently bright, often fruity cup. Rao's is a quality oriented specialty roaster with an informative website and an unusually extensive selection of single-origin coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy tartly sweet, invigoratingly citrus-toned breakfast coffees.
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This review originally appeared in the May, 2002 tasting report: Current Crop Brazils