Carmo de Minas single-estate lot returns for a 5th year
Classically sweet profile roasted for a range of brew methods.
If you’ve ever purchased a coffee, there’s a strong chance it was grown in Brazil. As the world’s leading coffee producing country (by far), this massive South American origin is as ubiquitous and classic as it gets. We’re proud of our relationship with Fazenda Irmãs Pereira because it brings the classic chocolate and peanut butter profile our guests love, while maintaining sweetness, clarity, and consistency from cup-to-cup – attributes not always easy to find in larger lots.
In 1971, Antonio and Maria Pereira founded their 90-acre farm as Fazenda Serrado. Years later, they passed the management over to their daughters, the Sisters Pereira (Irmãs Pereira in Portuguese), who have expounded on a tradition of quality, winning multiple awards for their coffees.
The famous Carmo de Minas region nurtures a range of Arabica cultivars with its ideal mid-range elevation and mild climate. Handpicked ripe berries (a tad unusual in Brazil, which is increasingly mechanized) go through the Pulped Natural process, which highlights the coffee’s intrinsic sweetness. Whereas Natural processing leaves the cherry intact to dry, and Washed processing removes everything but the parchment, Pulped Natural processing removes just the outer skin and pulp, leaving the sticky-sweet mucilage (pectin) on the seed. As mucilage dries on the parchment-protected seed, the perception of sweetness tends to increase while the acidity is somewhat rounded off.
Join us in celebrating the return of this sweet classic! If you like Mexico El Triunfo and Thesis, you’ll love Brazil Pereira. This coffee makes for a great auto-drip, press pot, immersion dripper, or even lighter espresso. Get dialed-into peanut butter cups and dried cherries with a 1:16 brew ratio, filtered water at 204-206℉, a medium-coarse grind, and a 4-6-minute brew cycle. The flavor yield ranges from dried cherries and honey-roasted peanuts at the lower end to brownie edges at higher extractions.