Sao Francisco da Bela Vista
We have returned to an old favourite from last years harvest - Sao Francisco da Bela Vista. Not a lot has changed since last time, It’s still yellow catuai variety, pulped natural process and sweet chocolate a little nuts and a very mild stone fruit acidity.
To recap for those at the back and those who didn’t read this last year, this coffee is from the Mantiqueira de Minas region and grows at 1100 masl and produced by farmer Tarcízio Aldo Zugliani, who has been improving the farm since he bought it in 1993
The Catuai variety is a bit of a staple in the specialty coffee world. It’s a man-made hybrid, created in 1949 in Brazil, between the Mundo Novo and Caturra varieties. It is quite popular for large production because it produces a lot fruit, is a small and compact plant and can handle the weather well.
By the way, the name Catuai comes from the language of the Tupi-Guarani, who were South American aboriginals and means very good.
Tarcízio has made quite some improvements over the years including better processing equipment and new dryers, he also replanted the farm with young trees to increase productivity. The cherries, like most in Brazil and picked by machine, which is actually believe it or not, more consistent than the human touch, all thanks to technology ;-)