Sitio Maranhão is a family run farm high
up in the mountainous region of Caldas, Sur de Minas. The Messias
family focus is on producing the best quality possible that would
allow them to receive a better price, thus improving the livelihood
of the family and workers employed there. Icatu and Red Catuai.
This coffee is a honey preparation. Meaning, the washed coffee
is pulped, then fermented to remove the mesocarp (mucilage). Honey
processing sort of bridges the gap between wet and natural coffees
as the cherry is pulped and then dried with the mucilage layer left
on the parchment. The timing has to be precise for removal of the
mucilage layer before it gets too "frumenty". The idea
here is for the seed (bean) to absorb the sweetness from the mucilage,
where the sugar compounds reside (sucrose). This particular coffee
seems to have been immaculately processed.
Suggested Roast - Light to Medium. For espresso,
a medium roast yields incredible body, sweetness, and unique flavor.
Cupping Notes: Stone fruits - peach, guava, and
orange. Wild honey, various spices including clove, chocolate. Sweet,
creamy body. Makes an excellent single origin espresso. Clean cup,