Caravan Coffee

Brazil Zinho Peaberry Natural

Location: Newberg, Oregon

Origin: Campos Altos growing district, Minas Gerais State, Brazil.

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $12.75/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2012

Agtron: 38/49

Aroma: 8

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 8

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly and gently pungent. Dark chocolate, cedar, walnut, a hint of orangy fruit in aroma and cup. Roast-rounded acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some chocolate sweetness lingers in a rather dry, roasty finish.


A dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. Produced from trees of the respected Red Catuaí variety of Arabica. This sample consists entirely of peaberries, a kind of bean that results when the coffee fruit develops only a single, oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. Peaberries produce a somewhat different (often better) cup than normal beans from the same crop, from which they may or may not be separated during grading. “Zinho” is the affectionate nickname of long-time farmer Joao Sydney de Souza. Caravan Coffee is an artisan roaster that began as a college-town café and now provides quality service and coffee to wholesale and retail customers nationally. Visit www.caravancoffee.com or call 800-875-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who prefer a mild roasty pungency in a chocolate-and-walnut-toned Brazil.

This review originally appeared in the April, 2012 tasting report: Coffees of Brazil

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