Touchy Coffee Brazil São Luiz Natural

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Touchy Coffee Brazil São Luiz Natural


NAME // Brazil São Luiz Natural
REGION// Cerrado Mineiro, Minas Gerais
GROWN AT // Fazenda Fradiques by the Velloso family
EXPORTER // Aequitas Coffee
IMPORTER // Crop to Cup
VARIETY // Red Catuai
PROCESSING // Dry Processed
ALTITUDE // 1135 meters above sea level
PURCHASED FOR // mega-sweetness, toasted nut + dried dark fruit flavors

We gravitate towards coffees that have a clear provenance and share some sort of unique flavor characteristic that belies expectations for region specific standards. This beautiful coffee grown by the Velloso family at Fazenda Fradiques among the São Luiz Estate carries some traditional nut-like flavors we expect from Brazil coffees, but wraps them in an exquisite creamy body and then swirls in some dried dark fruit flavors (think cranberry, cherry, plum, raisin) .

Though the São Luiz Estate coffees have won plenty of accolades in-country for their beautiful characteristics and impeccable processing, they hadn’t found an exporter that matched their family values. Enter Yuki Minami, a young and industrious third generation farmer that is changing the landscape of specialty coffee growing by starting Aequitas Coffee, an export group that looks to empower farmers from the São Gotardo region of Cerrado Mineiro in Minas Gerais and connect them with worthy importers and roasters outside of Brazil. Yuki met the Velloso family at a Brazilian coffee industry event in 2018 and quickly found many shared values and common ground. Here we are in 2019, roasting and drinking this beautiful coffee that has passed through many hands to get to us.

We had the great fortune to meet Yuki from Aequitas and Ana from São Luiz at this year’s SCA Expo in Boston. It was a true dream to be able to share our roasts of their coffee back to the folks responsible for growing and exporting it.

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