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Brazil Daterra Masterpieces D04

Cupping notes

On the nose, floral, with grapes and blackberries. The cup presents more complexity, fruit liqueur, ripe strawberries, yoghurt, blackberries. A light red winey-ness, cherry, and slight phosphoric crispness.


Falling within Brazils famous Cerrado that makes up nearly 23% of the entire country, Daterra are the worlds first grade A rainforest certified farm of any business, and a walk around the trees will reveal a stunning array of birds and wildlife, from toucans and burrowing owls to squirrel monkeys and maned wolves. Over 60% of the land they own is given over to nature reserves. The farm itself it split into many lots, each with a designated agronomist to care for the particular varietal and aspect each lot defines. With over 100 different varietals on their farms, development is tracked and planting paired with appropriate varietal.

The Masterpieces are the pinnacle of each years’ production – experimental processes, new varietals, or a combination of both, all scoring over 90 points and all unique in their own way. The Masterpieces are processed separately to the main coffees. A small micro mill is located on the far side of the drying patio, containing sorting and pulping facilities but also tanks for anaerobic and aerobic fermentation, raised beds with moveable shade netting, and their own warehouse for storage. The segmentation of the farm into blocks – each with their own agronomist monitoring the growth and maturity throughout the season – is great for learning about the new varieties and adding to the field of research but also, somewhat handily, perfect for producing these microlots too! This is truly a farm within a farm.

Plot BV28 is within the boundaries of the farm on which we stay when we visit. Selective mechanical picking is common in Brazil and occurs typically with 40-60% ripe coffee on the tree, with 5% green, 10% underripe, and the rest tree dried. This is how this lot was collected, with the modified pickers built by Daterra themselves. A sample will be picked, processed and roasted to check taste is as expected, before the order is given to pick the specific lot.

The Aramosa varietal is a cross between Coffee Arabica and Coffee Racemosa, a naturally low caffeine species that is more common in north South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and across to Madagascar. Racemosa also displays good drought resistance, so combining with Arabica for flavour really creates a lot of potential for the future. It has appeared in the Masterpieces before, and is often amongst the very highest scoring lots for us at DRWakefield. Daterra themselves have been researching it with the Argonomic Institute of Campnias for many years, to the point that they now have their own exclusive selections!

Mechanically picked and selectively sorted, the fully ripe cherries are placed in the open tank of the micromill and left to ferment with the naturally occurring yeast in the air. They are then dried on the nearby patio, milled and packed in 24kg boxes.

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Natural Aerobic Fermentation
1100 - 1200m
May - August

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