Brazil Carmo de Minas
Francisco Isidro Pereira
Thursday, August 10, 2023
This coffee may just be our most Edenic Roaster's Choice selection yet. Francisco Isidro Pereira's Santa Inês is in exceptionally good company in Carmo de Minas. From its location in the heart of award-winning Minas Gerais to the mineral-rich natural springs that nurture the coffee to the distinct elevations, all of which benefit from careful hand-picking and smaller lots, this full natural coffee is a star. With notes of mango, green apple, and nutmeg, if you're not on the Roaster's Choice train, you better start running.
A rarity in Brazil, Pereira's lot is all legacy Red Bourbon trees, the parent cultivar to the country's infamous Yellow Bourbon hybrid. Red Bourbon flourishes at high altitudes and was originally planted as a higher-yielding alternative to Typica. Originally from Yemen, Bourbon hit the ground running in Brazil in the latter half of the 19th century, where its planting spread throughout South and Central America. Pereira's lot is rare because Brazilian coffee production is now largely dominated by Caturra, Catuai, and Mundo Novo, all of which are Bourbon descendants. True Bourbon cultivation also still exists in El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, and Honduras.