Sitio Vargem #4
Caramel, Raisin, Chocolate
Variety: Red Catuai
Origin: Lambari, Brazil
Producer: Rosimeire Aparecida Guerra
We're excited to have another great coffee from Sitio Vargem in the mix for the club, this time a red Catuai that was natural-processed. Rosimeire & Carlos, the couple that own and operate Sitio Vargem, utilize several different methods and processes to produce their coffees, including a mechanical dryer. These machines allow producers to continue drying coffees in adverse weather, and also help free up patio space for subsequent lots of coffee to be processed - oftentimes a coffee will start on a patio for most of the moisture loss, and finish up the last bit in a mechanical dryer. This specific lot was fully air-dried in raised metal beds, but it's always neat to see producers utilizing new equipment and tools to increase their farm's quality and output.
Flavorwise this coffee is giving us some very rich tones, especially for a natural. We're picking up on a smooth, caramel-like sweetness and some dried fruit tanginess (think raisins or prunes in the best way). A solid chocolatey flavor persists throughout as well, which makes for a coffee that's smooth, sweet, and easy to sip slow. We hope you'll grab your favorite brew method, your favorite mug, and enjoy this delicious Brazilian coffee this week!