Novel Coffee Roasters
Minas Gerais Isaias Ferreira No. 2
|Roaster Location:||Dallas, Texas|
|Coffee Origin:||Southern Minas Gerais State, southeastern Brazil|
|Est. Price:||$15.00/10 ounces|
|Review Date:||May 2018|
Blind Assessment: Delicate, chocolate-toned. Dark chocolate, hazelnut, raisin, hints of lily and oak in aroma and cup. Balanced, sweet-toned structure; satiny-smooth mouthfeel. The long finish is quietly flavor-saturated.
Notes: This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from Brazil for Coffee Review’s May 2018 tasting report. It was produced from trees of the respected Mundo Novo and Red Catuai varieties of Arabica on Isaias Ferreira da Silva's farm Sitio Alvorada do Grotão and 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. Founded in 2013 by Kevin Betts and Ryan Smith, Novel Coffee Roasters, based in Dallas, Texas, works on a model of trusted relationships and quality incentives. Visit www.novelcoffeeroasters.com for more information.
The Bottom Line: A classic Brazil cup in its presentation of deeply sweet notes of dark chocolate, nut and raisiny fruit.
This review originally appeared in the May, 2018 tasting report: Coffees from Brazil: Chocolate, Simplicity and Some Surprises