Brazil Gato Arisco Single-Origin Espresso
Brazil produces about a third of the world’s coffee and is an industry leader in developing and implementing new agricultural practices and technology. With the sheer volume of coffee being produced, it’s often forgotten that delicious and unique micro-lots from Brazil do exist. While these coffees may not have the vibrant acidity of a coffee from Kenya or the floral-tones of a Panama Gesha, they can have intense sweetness complemented by delicate fruit notes and a mouth-coating body, perfect for espresso.
This coffee, whimsically named Gato Arisco, meaning skittish cat, is from Heliodora in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. It is a perfect example of the intensely sweet and balanced flavor profile that we feel, produces a delicious and satisfying shot of espresso. It comes from Santuario Sul, an experimental farm established five years ago by Luiz Paolo Pereira of Carmo Coffees, in collaboration with Santuario Project founder Camilo Merizalde and processing expert Ivan Solis. Over thirty different varieties of coffee have been planted on the farm making it the most diverse in Brazil. This red honey lot is a selection of the Mundo Novo variety called Acaia. Mundo Novo is a natural cross between the Bourbon and Typica varieties, which are the progenitors of about eighty percent of Arabica coffee production worldwide.