Sitio Vargem Anaerobic #7
Variety: Red Catuai
Origin: Lambari, Brazil
Producers: Rosimeire & Carlos
Score: 87Rosimeire and her husband Carlos grew up in coffee-producing families and practically inherited their knowledge and passion for coffee. Carlos is the son of another producer, Lourdes Fatima, and his brother is helping both Carlos and their mother experiment with processing. Sitio Vargem Grande became their farm in 2009 when they got married, and they chose it because the land is between 1,100 and 1,400 meters above sea level, which is a great altitude for coffee in Brazil. Their challenge is to find a market for their coffees with more unique processes like this one, and to capture the younger generation's interest in coffee production in Brazil to keep the industry strong. Rosimeire processes her coffee both washed and naturally with aerobic fermentation - this lot being the latter. Cherries are dried on a patio, and depending on the weather this can take from 150 to 200 hours.
We love this coffee for many reasons- it's structured very well with good acidity, a rich winey base, and lavender-like florals to add some levity to the brew. It's a very impressive coffee with dynamic flavors that everybody can get behind. If this year's coffees are anything to go off of, we're expecting a bright future for these young producers in Brazil!