Tastes like: apricot, nougat, milk duds
The Serra do Cigano wet mill sits in the mountains bordering the states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais. Located in the municipality of Caconde, it is an important watershed contributing to the Rio Pardo river from the natural springs that rise in the farms on the slopes of the mountains. The name, which means the Gypsy Valley, arose in the 19th century when the valley was used as a camp for the travelling people of the area. The land has been farmed by the descendents of these families for over 4 generations. Family roots run deep in the valley. In 2008, FAF approached farmers there with the idea of a new coffee production model. Instead of selling their dried coffee to local buyers, they would work with FAF to raise the quality of their coffee through improvements to soil management, harvesting, and wet milling. One of the first farmers to hop on board was Joao Hamilton of Sitio Canaa. His farm was the first in the valley to go all in with FAF’s sustainable and bio-dynamic approach to farming and the results were immediately apparent when his Obata varietal coffee won the Nordic Roaster’s Forum cup in 2011. Now, ten years on, his farm is widely considered to be one of the top farms in Brazil and his coffees are prized the world over.
Process - Full Natural
Varietal(s) - Yellow Catuai
Altitude - 1250 masl
Harvest - Winter 2021
Approach - Because of the lower elevation and historical preference for planting high yield but boring varieties, roasters often approach Brazilian coffees with a reluctance. They expect that a coffee from Brazil is going to be boring and flat no matter how they roast it, and many choose to roast these coffees to a darker level in an attempt to add some character to what they think will be a boring cup. Honestly, I had a similar feeling about Brazilian coffee until I travelled to Sitio Canaa in Jan of 2014. There I met Felipe Croce of FAF coffees and Joao Hamilton, owner of Sitio Canaa and was immediately shocked to find a coffee farm that was doing everything “right”. Brazil is usually the land of massive low elevation coffee fields, where trees grow high into the sky and are harvested by machine, sacrificing harvest quality for volume. Sitio Canaa was the complete opposite. We drove up a winding dirt road through the Serra Do Cigano valley, the family’s dog Snoopy running ahead of our truck on the orange muddy road, and I felt like I was in Central America, or even Colombia, I had to remind myself that I was in Brazil because surely these farms don’t exist in Brazil. How wrong I was. Joao and Felipe took us around fields freshly replanted and re-soiled, showed us the farm where biodynamic principles were at work, and finally brewed us a cup of mind-blowing pacamara, so fruity and sweet that I again struggled to believe we were in Brazil. Sitio Canaa rightly stands out as one of the most delicious coffee farms in Brazil and it is a testament to the years of hard work by the Hamilton family and the team at FAF. Expect a coffee that is bursting with sweetness, round full body, and perfect for any brewing method.
Art by Donna Dimitrova - @bird_dot
Brazil | Sitio Canaa
Bag contains 310g of coffee in a valved, re-sealable bag. Fresh coffee is shipped from our roastery every Wednesday. Place your order before 9am Tuesday to ensure it is roasted and included in the week's shipment.
Fresh roasted coffee is shipped from our roastery every Wednesday.
- Place your order before 9am Tuesday to ensure it is roasted and included in the week's shipment.
- We ship USPS Priority Mail.
- Please expect your package 1-3 days from ship date.
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