This coffee is from the Carmo de Minas region of Brazil. It’s a Yellow Bourbon lot from Fazenda Borgas with a bit more altitude than most of the other common Brazilian coffees. Borgas has a nice intermingling of chocolate, nut, and developed sugar sweetness. And with a thick, syrupy body, it makes a great dual-use coffee for espresso or a brewed cup.
This lot of Konga is from an area of Yirga Cheffe and is dry-processed on raised beds. Smallholder farmers from around the region deliver their heirloom coffee to the station where it is weighed and sun dried before being delivered to Addis Ababa for sale.
Mendez is a collection of several small family farms located in the highlands of Huehuetenango. This lot is made up of Bourbon, Caturra and Typica varietals. Many farms plant a mixture of varietals to help with pest resistance. In other words, they’re trying not to put all their eggs in one basket.
The result is a juicy cup of coffee, with refined sweetness, and a pristine finish. Raw cane juice and slight caramel flavors make for a nice, sweet base. Top notes of apple and pear come out in a cool cup, and define the acidity as well – malic and lively. The weight is like apple juice on the palette, and adds to the near effervescent quality of mouth-feel.