Sitio Bela Vista #2
Mantiqueira de Minas, Brazil
Variety: Yellow Catucai
Origin: Mantiqueira de Minas, Brazil
Producers: Jarbas Cleto Lopes
Jarbas Cleto Lopes was born and raised on a coffee farm, but his family moved to the city when he was 6. He grew up and started a career as a banker, but always dreamed of getting back to a coffee farm. In 1985, he made that dream a reality by purchasing the land that is now Sitio Bela Visa - a 27-hectare coffee farm growing Catuai, Catucai, and Icatu plants. Jarbas produces both washed and natural coffees on-site, using covered raised beds and traditional patios to dry his coffees depending on the weather. Sitio Bela Vista is a member of the APAS cooperative, which helps provide training and resources to member farms and workers, improving coffee quality and working conditions throughout the region.
We love Brazilian natural coffees because they have such a variety of flavors, they can usually even impress folks that don't typically go for naturals. This particular lot is giving us a scrumptious dark chocolate note with just a hint of earthiness, a peachy stone fruit sweetness, and a nice spice to finish out the profile. It's a smooth sipping coffee with a clean finish, and one that we think coffee-lovers of all stripes will enjoy. Cheers!