Episode 36 on Monday the 20th of July 2009 Brazil Cafe Ita with special guests Armando Canales and Willie Harcourt-Cooze

This single-origin estate coffee is brought to you direct from two farms in Bahia, Brazil:

  • Fazenda Floresta
  • Fazenda Aranquan

This is a Direct Trade partnership project to bring this coffee straight to the UK consumer. We are working together with the farms and Cafe Ita (owned by the farmers) to roast the coffee for the project. This not only gives us an opportunity to sell direct to the consumer here, it also offers you, the Has Bean coffee people, a chance to try this special coffee.

These farms have been Demeter certified for over 7 years and specialise in the production of high quality coffee through Bio Dynamic methods. It is a good partnership with us being the first Bio Dynamic certified roaster in the UK (UK 6 Certified by Demeter). As you know by now though, certification alone is never enough for us here at Has Bean. Good intentions are only worthwhile if backed up by quality in the cup, and this coffee has that in spade-fulls.

In the cup expect sweet chocolate, with a smooth body and smooth after taste. A little hint of walnut with a lovely long finish.


  • 20 July 2009, 7:36 am

    Jaanus says:

    The Willies-pig video-clip was hilarious.

  • 21 July 2009, 11:55 am

    Malcolm Palmer says:

    I felt that this was the most disappointing of the coffees so far in my current subscription. Using my normal 15g for my large spode Italian cappuccino I found it the weakest so far of all of the coffees I’ve had from you.

  • 21 July 2009, 2:34 pm

    Brazil’s can be milder in flavour than some coffees have you tried updoseing it a little to see if that changes it ?

    Hope you get a good cup from it, it can be delicious espresso.

  • 23 July 2009, 10:42 am

    Malcolm Palmer says:

    I downsized the cup to achieve the same effect but with the grinder even finer set than usual it rushes through in about 5 seconds and now tastes rather bitter. I’m not sure that I’ll want to finish the rest of the bag.

    I know that you know vastly more about coffee than I do, so I guess that it is a matter of taste but since I bought the Racilio Sylvia I have made some cracking cups of coffee but this has not been one of them. Sorry!

  • 23 July 2009, 11:33 am

    Don’t be sorry at all,everyone tastes something different in coffee and every one likes different things that is what makes it fun.

  • 23 July 2009, 9:10 pm

    If you roasted the coffee in his roaster, will the next few choc. roasts taste coffee like? That may be cool.

  • 23 July 2009, 9:43 pm

    I asked this too Jacob, but the coffee tasted as I would expect, haven’t tried the chocolate from it but we can hope :)

  • 24 July 2009, 1:31 am

    Ana says:

    I’m Brazilian and I can assure you that it really is milder. I live in the US and I can’t have a black American coffee (even with sugar).
    If it’s too bitter add sugar. Also, something my dad taught me, don’t let the water get to its boiling point. Idk if it has any scientific coffee background, but it sure tastes a lot better!!!!
    Admin, is there any foundation to what my dad has taught me?

  • 24 July 2009, 7:03 am

    Very Much so Ana, Boilings bad, thanks for joining in.

  • 4 August 2009, 8:42 pm

    Stubee says:

    Must get round to trying some of this, you were a few miles from me at Willies place, you should’ve popped in for a coffee!

  • 17 August 2009, 7:48 am

    Dave A says:

    Good video Steve, first Glastonbury, now Willie, you’ll have to remember your roots in 12 months time when you’ve got your own tv show :-)

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