Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters
Brazil Vivenda das Aguas
|Roaster Location:||Missoula, Montana|
|Coffee Origin:||Matas de Minas growing region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil|
|Review Date:||April 2005|
Blind Assessment: Gently pungent in the aroma: semi-sweet chocolate, cedar, a hint of pruny fruit and Mediterranean herbs. In the cup quietly attractive structure, with a balanced bittersweetness and a shimmer of acidity, but little nuance. Clean, rich, long finish.
Notes: Cup of Excellence winners are green coffees that have been awarded ratings of over 80 by juries of international cuppers and auctioned to roasters on the Internet. This coffee was awarded a rating of 86.43 by the jury at the 2003 Brazil Cup of Excellence competition. It comes from an old but relatively obscure Brazilian coffee growing region, Matas de Minas or "Mountains of Minas." Produced from trees of the catuai variety, a recent but respected selection of Arabica, and processed by the pulped natural method, meaning the skin is removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking, but the seeds or beans are dried with the sweet pulp, or fruit flesh, still adhering to them. Hunter Bay is a wholesale roaster with a particularly informative website and an impressive selection of coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer balance to extremes.
This review originally appeared in the April, 2005 tasting report: Soft and Sweet: Brazil Specialty Coffees