Single-estate lot from Matas de Minas growing region in Brazil
Classically sweet profile roasted for a range of brew methods.
Araponga is part of the Matas de Minas growing region in the Minas Gerais state of Brazil. The coffee industry in Araponga is such an important industry that it creates 75 thousand jobs for the surrounding region. The growers in this region are dedicated to improving quality year after year by developing unique, hand crafted techniques to take the Brazil flavor profile we love to the next level with nuance and diversity.
Paulo Frederico is the producer of this natural lot from Araponga. He acquired his farm Casa Nova in 1989 and quit his career as a civil engineer to have a life closer to the countryside. He has been producing speciality coffee since 1994, because he saw it as a way to enhance his business and the coffee he was growing. He has never regretted a day of his decision and hopes that comes through in the coffee. Working within specialty coffee has enabled Paulo to build raised beds for drying, purchase modern equipment for processing coffee, and to improve the maintenance and care of the farm.
This coffee is a natural, so after picking the cherries are left intact, washed, and density sorted. The coffee then goes to dry on the raised beds while being rotated for 7 days, then mechanically dried down to 20% humidity, and laid back out to dry down to desired end water content.
This is our second year working with the Araponga region. Araponga has been gaining recognition in the cup of excellence and we are excited to see what future harvests bring. This coffee makes for a great auto-drip, press pot, immersion dripper, or even lighter espresso. Get dialed-into the sweetness of chocolate cake and dried cherries with a hint of caramel, by starting with a 1:16 brew ratio, filtered water at 208-2010℉, a medium-coarse grind, and a 3.5-4 minute brew cycle.