Rao's Coffee Roasting
Brazil Fazenda Wagner
|Roaster Location:||Amherst, Massachusetts|
|Review Date:||May 2002|
Blind Assessment: 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.
Notes: 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.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2002 tasting report: Current Crop Brazils