Back for its second year, and we are very pleased to see it too. I wouldn't say we found this coffee, but we spotted it before it came 5th this year in the Cup of Excellence competition. We had also agreed to buy it and signed up to do so way before a jury looked at it as we knew this was great coffee.
Fazenda São Judas Tadeu is located in Chapada Diamantina, in the city of Piatã in Bahia. The farm belongs to Mr. Antônio Rigno, who has been a coffee producer for more than 25 years. He tries to grow the coffee in a sustainable way, conducting the workers technically with the use of chemical pesticides and keeping the packages of these products for recycling, not to harm the environment. It's an up and coming area for coffee with some stunnig beans coming through. In addition Antônio's 5th place this year in the Cup of Excellence, his neighbour came 1st, the first time Bahia has won a CoE number 1 placing.
On the farm the coffee cherries are harvested selectively by hand twice a day during harvest season, and are transported by tractors to the pulping machine where the skin and pulp is removed from the beans. The beans are then spread on drying patios with the sticky mucilage still on them. The beans are then spread in layers of about 4cm and mixed several times a day to ensure even drying. The variety is Catuai and the pulped natural process is used.
This is another of our exclusive range, don't expect to see this everywhere. We have also stood up and dug deep into our pockets with a substantial commitment on the coffee for us. But we think it's worth it.
In the cup expect molasses like acidity, with great chocolate and cocoa sweetness and a crunchie chocolate type honeycomb aftertaste. Very well balanced espresso and lovely brewed coffee.