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Brazil Cerrado

Cupping notes

Absolutely classic ‘Brazil’ flavours; chocolate, caramel, nuts.

Description

Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world. With such diversity, the range of coffee that it produces is vast – from small holder farms to vast estates. Soils, regional climate and temperatures make great growing conditions. However, Brazil lacks altitude – a factor normally considered crucial for creating the very best flavours expected from Arabica coffee and much of the coffee is grown at or below 1000m above sea level. Whilst Brazils are often not seen as high acidity coffees, they more than make up for it with comforting chocolate praline profiles, and are often the coffees that exactly hit peoples expectations of what coffee should be.

The Cerrado itself is the youngest coffee growing area in Brazil, covering around 1.2 million square miles of central Brazil -approximately 23% of the country- the world’s 5th largest. Primarily tropical grassland savannah, it’s home to around 935 species of birds and nearly 300 types of mammal, including endangered species, and almost 5,000 plants that are found nowhere else in the world.

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Origin
Process
Natural
Screen size
16
Altitude
950 - 1200m
Harvest
May - August
Availability
October - September
SCA score
82.5
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