Brazil Pulp Natural Sitio Sao Jose

Brazil Pulp Natural Sitio Sao Jose

Farm Description

This coffee comes from Sitio Sao Jose located in the Carmo de Minas region. The coffee is grown at 1200 meters, and this lot is a separation of cherry from their red Catuai trees. While there are other areas in Brazil that produce some fine coffees in respect to the classic Brazil flavor profile, I feel we have found consistently good lots in the Carmo zone. Here there is a bit more altitude than most of the Cerrado coffees, and certainly more than Mogiana farms. The cultivars are generally the same as the other zones, but I feel the processing, while still on a large scale, has a good quality focus. And I really like how these coffees perform in espresso. This is a pulp naturally processed coffee, which means that the outer cherry and most of the fruit is mechanically stripped from the seed before moving to the drying patios. It takes less than half the time to dry pulp natural coffee than fully natural processed coffee, and they tend to be less fruit forward, and in the context of Brazilian coffees, much cleaner all around.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

Coaxing a sugary sweetness out of this coffee takes a bit of roast development, and I recommend trying to draw out the initial roast time up to first crack. We find that Pulp Natural processed Brazils in general seem to benefit from a slower, more gentle roast approach than say a dense Guatemalan or Colombian coffee, helping to develop sugar caramelization while avoiding ashy flavors that can result from roasting lower density coffee. Aromatically speaking, this lot from Sitio Sao Jose has a mild brown sugar sweetness at City+ roast level, creamy condensed milk and roasted peanut in the aroma, and bittersweet at the edges. Brewing produces a mild mix of unrefined sugar and creamy nut tones, roasted peanut and almond flavors bathed in rustic cocoa bittersweetness. Full City boosts the latter, and I would consider this for a chocolate/body base for blending. I personally wouldn't go to Full City+ as the ashy flavors are strong, but some might find that appealing for creamy milk drinks. Best with 48+ hours rest.

December 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

60 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City


Pulp Natural



Grade & Appearance

Estate; .6 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $192.50 ($3.85/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $370.00 ($3.70/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Parchment coffee streaming from the mechanical demucilager, the cherry and fruit removed using very little water - Carmo

Heading out to rake the massive patios of drying coffee the easy way

From a day in Carmo town


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