Brasil Fazenda Santa Rosa
We’ve known Sergio Dias of Cannan Estate Coffees for over fifteen years. Sergio and his family co-own and operate JC Coffee Farms out of Carmo de Minas in Brasil’s southern state of Minas Gerias. Cannan Estate is responsible for a large part of JC Farms annual production, and has been in Sergio’s family for over 70 years. When we first met Sergio he was not exporting coffee to the U.S. It’s been our pleasure to watch him take the plunge in the U.S. market, and to see his coffees gain the recognition and acceptance they certainly deserve.
Not one to keep success to himself Sergio has in recent years begun to import special smaller lots from his neighbor’s farms through the Cocarive Co-op, some lots as small as five bags. It is from one of these unique microlots that we get our Brasil Fazenda Santa Rosa.
The Santa Rosa farm itself is located in the mountainous Mantiqueira de Minas region, an area famous for the complex coffees produced in its many microclimates. Santa Rosa is a natural coffee, sun dried on patios after careful sorting. Compared to other origins it is not grown at great altitude but within the Brasilian context its 3,700 feet above sea level is among the higher grown.
Tasting notes: In the cup Santa Rosa is surprisingly clean and brighter than many Brasils. It boasts a subtle citrus acidity underpinning intense red fruit flavors that call to mind tangy early harvest plum and purple grape. The finish is clean and lightly dry with plenty of caramel and cocoa powder notes.
Region: Mantiqueira de Minas, Minas Gerias
Farm:Santa Rosa Farm, Cocarive Co-op, JC Farms
Elevation: 3,700 feet