Brazil - Grota Funda (Natural) - Espresso
Brazilian coffee is hugely varied in both quality and complexity, being the largest producer of the worlds coffee (circa 60 million bags p/y 2019/20). Production varies from huge volume lots of commodity grade coffee geared for the high street, through to high end experimental lots that can taste like they came form a completely different country. Grota Funda is one of those lots, demonstrating just how far speciality coffee in Brazil has come.
Why this coffee?
We have been on the hunt for a stand out single origin Brazil for some time now. The best lots tend to come from Minas Gerais, which don't appear till the end of the year in the UK. We cupped four higher end lots in one small session - cherry picked by one of our suppliers and despite some of the other cups being more than twice the price, Gotta Funda won hands down, punching way above it's price point.
Grota Funda is a natural process coffee, but instead of offering a generic nutty / chocolate profile, it demonstrates a sweeter and more complex cup. This is a product of high altitude growing, fertile soils and the high attention to detail put into processing. Grota Funda demonstrates great balance and clarity.
About the Region / Farms / Producer:
Grota Funda sits in the outskirts of Carmo de Minas, a town in the Mantiqueira de Minas Region in the south of Minas Gerais. This is a region long associated with speciality coffee farms and more complex cup profiles, having had numerous cups of excellence winners in previous seasons - a product of the ongoing support and direction from Cocarive.
The farm is a 400-500 hectare farm owned by Glaucio Carneiro Pinto, vice president of Cocarive (The Regional Cooperative of Coffee Growers of Vale do Rio Verde Ltd), a foundation set up to drive coffee quality in that region. Glaucio bought GF in 1992, though his family have been growing coffee in the area since 1967.
Beans are hand-picked when ripe – for yellow cherries this means the skins have freckles or resemble a banana – and then taken down the hill to the small concrete drying patio with tiled washing station for the experimental lots. They are spread thinly on the ground to dry and regularly turned until they are taken to the mill for hulling and bagging. Bags are then received by Cocarive, cleaned again and laser sorted for any colour defects. Density tables split in to screen sizes and the coffee is finally bagged just before export.
What machines can I make this coffee on?
Due to its forgiving nature, it works well in all kinds of espresso machines, whether you have a high end setup such as a Rocket, Marzocco, Expobar (Pro-Sumer) or the likes of a Rancilio Silvia, Gaggia Classic, De'Longhi or Dualit.
Don't have an espresso machine?
This coffee will also work well in a Cafetiere, Clever Dripper or Aeropress, offering you a full bodied full immersion coffee.
- Location: Carmo de Minas, Mantiqueira de Minas
- Varietal: Yellow Catuai
- Process: Natural
- Elevation: 1100 masl
- Weight: 250g / 1KG
- Roast: Espresso