Manhattan Coffee Roasters writes about this coffee:
We are so proud to release this Brazilian coffee this year! Inacio is one of our first direct trade partners and he’s doing some amazing work in Mata de Minas. São Sebastião do Anta the region Inacio’s farm resides is not that well known for coffee growing, in fact, Inacio’s father primarily traded in conventional coffees during his youth. This was indoctrinated by green traders, who told Jairo he would never be able to produce specialty grade coffee on his farm period. Even Inacio himself was not intending on taking over the farm from his father, but when Jairo came down with a serious illness Inacio returned to the Fazenda, and his passion to continue his father’s legacy blossomed.
Upon his father’s passing, Inacio made it his mission to improve the farm from the ground up. He’s a young ambitious farmer that is open to new ideas from soil management and processing to drying and the results in the cup really speak for themselves. The farm is small enough that no mechanical picking machines are used, which is generally uncommon in Brazil. The care and attention to detail in picking and processing is paramount to Inacio, he believes that by investing in the farm he can lift the entire community up. Even on his second harvest, the community was benefiting immediately as the prices he had achieved had greatly increased from when the farm was focused on high yield conventional production.
This lot from Inacio was what we found to be the most exciting lot from JS this year, with notes of red aple, Nuttella, and plum.
Great as both espresso and filter roast.