Icamiabas Fazenda Klem Catuaí Natural
|Roaster Location:||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
|Coffee Origin:||Matas de Minas growing region, eastern Minas Gerais State, Brazil|
|Est. Price:||CAD $29.00/200 grams|
|Review Date:||May 2018|
Blind Assessment: Fruit-toned, chocolaty. Strawberry, dark chocolate, sandalwood, lavender, a hint of brandy in aroma and cup. Brisk, sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; delicate, silky mouthfeel. Reminiscent of a chocolate cordial in the sweetly fermenty finish.
Notes: This coffee tied for the second-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from Brazil for Coffee Review’s May 2018 tasting report. Produced by the children of Nagipe Viana Klem, founder of Fazenda Klem, entirely from trees of the respected Catuai variety of Arabica. This is a “natural” or dry-processed coffee, which means the beans or seeds were dried encased in the entire fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet- or “washed”-processed coffees. Naturals form the backbone of the Brazil coffee industry, but this lot reflects a particularly refined approach to the method. Hatch Coffee is an Ontario, Canada-based roaster offering coffees for both retail and wholesale purchase. Visit www.hatchcrafted.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: A fruit-forward, natural-processed Brazil coffee that invokes a chocolate cordial with its predominant note of brandy-inflected dark chocolate.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2018 tasting report: Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises