Brazil Santa Terezinha
|Roaster Location:||Santa Rosa, California|
|Coffee Origin:||Sul de Minas growing region, southern Minas Gerais State, Brazil.|
|Review Date:||August 2009|
Blind Assessment: Roundly nutty aroma, with suggestions of aromatic wood and caramel. Smooth and balanced, subtly complex. Notes of honeyed fruit, nut, cedar and orange zest. Delicate finish, with lingering hints of nut and chocolate softly lingering.
Notes: Produced using biodynamic organic methods on the Santa Terezinha ("Little St. Teresa") farm by grower Paulo Sergio Almeida. A rather dense mix of native and introduced shade trees is interplanted with the coffee trees. Santa Terezinha coffees are frequent winners in Brazil's Cup of Excellence competitions, and a Santa Terezinha lot claimed first prize in 2001. Ecco Caffe is a small, genuinely artisan specialty roaster that specializes in relatively light-roasted, ""Italian Style" espressos and select single-origin coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It : Subtle complexity in a crisply low-acid coffee. Quiet yet full of surprises.
This review originally appeared in the August, 2009 tasting report: The Devil's in the Details: Bird-Friendly and Shade-Grown Coffees