Episode Nine Brazil Inglaterra Special Fazenda Toca da Onca Canario 2008 3rd of December 2008

Inglaterra last year was a very popular coffee, and I expect this one to be even more so. The price might be slightly off putting but we have two of the four bags in the world, that's is it. Exclusive and very very good

Canario is a varietal that virtually died away, as its low yielding and very susceptible to pest and wind. So farmers don't like it because its hard work. With its re introduction pioneered on the farm next door (Cachoeria) Stephen has opted to continue this, with the help of Gabriel from Cachoeria who manages the farm for him.

Stephen is one of the importers in the UK we work very closely with who bought this farm a few years ago. Gabriel says there was a time where every farm had a fool, now he says ever fool has a farm.

I'll let Stephen tell you the story.

"Maybe it had always been an idea in the back of my mind - So a couple of years ago when some friends in Brazil mentioned that a small coffee farm was for sale, I had a look.

The farm (Fazenda Toca Da Onca) means hiding place of a small Wildcat. The locals called the farm Inglaterra. The previous owners had abandoned Toca Da Onca/Inglaterra; so we had to start again almost from scratch. Some surviving coffee trees were pruned right back-and the coffee that you are now drinking is that re-growth from the original old tree's. For the coffee people the varietals are Icatu, Acaia and Catucai. In future I expect coffee cherry varietals to become as well know as wine grape varietals to a much wider audience. The farm is located near the lovely spa town of Pocos De Caldas in the coffee growing heartlands of Brazil's Minas Gerais state. Elevation 950-1300 meters rich soil, on the edge of an ancient Caldera/ Super Volcano whose outline can be seen on satellite image. 50% of the farm is Virgin Mata Atlantica Forest and as long as I own it; it still that way. I am replanting some areas with the help of my local friends Gabriel and Cristiano, without whose assistance this project would never had started." In the cup expect a very different cup. The first thing that came into my mind was pineapple on the front end then mid pallet then it just went all boozy on me, reminded me what I always wish a good Yemen should taste like, then on the back end papaya and tropical fruits. This coffee is strange unusual and incredibly rare.

I'm proud to have been able to secure this coffee as it's a limited release (Stephen always looks after us as we look after his coffees), This will not be around for a long time.

Comments

  • 4 December 2008, 5:34 pm

    Can we all come round your house to try your Christmas Pack with you? :-D

    Another great video, keep up the good work.

  • 4 December 2008, 10:47 pm

    EUGENE says:

    Excellent idea and I like the informal, but informative style… personalising your company in this way and its produce is trend setting

  • 5 December 2008, 11:26 pm

    Nice one again steve.
    Ps dont worry so much about whether you are looking at the cup too much or not :-) what counts the most is what you are saying.. and its all good..
    keep em going..

  • 10 December 2008, 8:32 pm

    This has quite simply got to be one of the best episodes of In My Mug. I can think of none better. And as for the coffee featured, simply one of the best this season.

    Am I obliged to declare a conflict of interest here?

    Keep up the good work, Steve!

  • 10 December 2008, 10:04 pm

    I think you should Hursty :)

Leave a comment