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Cerrado Mineiro, Brazil
This natural coffee is one of the standouts of this season's harvest in Brazil. From Fazenda Plato Azul in Cerrado Mineiro, it's an incredible example of a classically full-bodied Brazilian dark chocolate flavour profile with a touch of sweet praline and some dazzling twists all of its own - notes of strawberry creams and ripe blueberries. Now that's just showing off.
We roast coffee fresh to order every Tuesday. Please order before 9am on Tuesday for delivery by the weekend.
Ingredients: 100% Arabica Coffee Beans. For maximum deliciousness, enjoy as soon as possible. If you have any left, just reseal the pack and keep in a cool, dark place. Roasted and packed in the UK by Taylors of Harrogate, HG2 7LD.
Free P&P / 120g / 8 cups
Single origin coffee beans
Fazenda Plato Azul, Cerrado Mineiro, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Dark chocolate, praline, blueberry, strawberry creams
Plato Azul is part of a group of seven farms that we already buy from, through an exporter called Bourbon Speciality Coffees. Bourbon works with a lots of farms, but we largely limit what we buy to the farms we've been to in person - so we're not just buying quality, but also buying from a supply chain we know first hand.
We asked them to find us this season's very best natural coffees from those farms, and Plato Azul's coffee really stood out.
Natural, or dry process, coffee leaves the coffee cherry on the beans as they dry, allowing some of the flavours from the pulp and skin to be absorbed - typically making heavier, sweeter, fruitier coffees. It's what gives this Plato Azul coffee its hints of fruit. The cocoa character is a classic Brazilian trait - but that subtle touch of strawberry and coffee cherry comes from the natural process.
So it's all about knowing where to look. There are exceptional farmers out there, demonstrating flavour, innovation and passion that can rival the best in the world. It's helped Brazil to become a key origin for us. Brazilian coffee is really important to quite a few of our blends.
As is so often the case, this just highlights how important it is to travel to countries in person and base your business on face-to-face relationships. In fact, Frank was in Brazil just this March, visiting our suppliers and cupping the season's new lots.