Red Bourbon, Red Catuai
Dried on tree
Also known as “Cerrado natural”, this process means that cherries were left on the trees for a longer time, allowing them to go through the full maturation process and dry while still attached to the branch. This processing technique is only possible if the weather is very dry and stable during harvest – in fact, in many regions, allowing coffee to dry on tree could be a big problem: the excess moisture can develop fungus and other microorganisms. Because of Cerrado’s unique traits, this process is possible – which is great, because it brings very positive attributes to the cup: tree-dried naturals usually show heavy body and extra-intense sweetness.
This mix of Red Borbon and Red Catuai is sweet, full bodied and has notes of blueberries, ripe stone fruits and caramel.
SCA evaluation: 87 points.
Daterra, meaning “From the earth”, is a well-known coffee grower and exporter from Brazil. Located in the Cerrado region, they benefit from perfect conditions for arabicas with a steady climate, dry-fresh winters and warm-wet summers. Since 1976, Daterra is focusing on high quality coffees, associating sustainability with advanced technology. Sustainability is not only their slogan but a real engagement as Daterra is the first farm supported by the rainforest alliance in Brazil. They are active leaders in the coffee industry for sustainable practices and innovation.