Fazenda da Gema, Carmo de Minas
Fazenda da Gema, translated as Gem farm, is an apt description for this ten hectare micro-lot located in the mountainous region of Carmo de Minas, in the southeast of Brazil.
Instead of the common red coffee berries, yellow catuaí peek from under the heavy foliage in this small farm like stunning sunbursts. But it’s not just a pretty face: Fazenda da Gema backs it up with prize-winning produce that wowed the Cup of Excellence jury, who awarded them the prestigious 2013 Cup of Excellence Early Harvest Award. And we’re lucky enough to be the first Australian company to offer it to you.
Our tasters have described the flavour as buttery and likened it to caramelised sugar, with the coffee’s natural sweetness taking a lead role, neutralising the usual harshness of Brazilian coffees. In saying that, the region of Carmo de Minas is famous for its coffee thanks to its high altitudes and rich soil, so it’s not hugely surprising that this crop stands out from the crowd.
More than anything, the high elevation of the Carmo de Minas region allows the beans a longer maturation period, meaning that there is more time for the nutrients and oils to seep into the berries, giving them more body and sweetness than their lowland counterparts. Aside from altitude, the care factor involved in picking and processing the coffee is of primary importance to the outcome and where Fazenda da Gema thrives.
In fact, Fazenda da Gema focused all of their effort and expertise on this particular lot in the hopes of winning the Cup of Excellence Award against hundreds of other farms. Suffice to say, they blitzed it.
Now folks, this coffee is limited edition. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…
Our Guest Taster:
of Crabapple Kitchen
Located on Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Crabapple Kitchen combines owner Greg Feck’s passion for travelling and impressive experience in the kitchen into an inspired foodie experience.
You can see straight away from the menu that quality is king At Crabapple Kitchen: owner and chef Greg Feck is meticulous when choosing every single morsel to be digested. With a preference for local produce and the standard being the best of the best, you’d be hard-pressed to hit a wrong note here.
The welcoming façade of the café, replete with a colourful striped awning and white picket fence, encapsulates Greg’s old-school approach to hospitality and his refreshing modesty, despite having worked with industry stalwarts Jamie Oliver and Stephanie Alexander. “We’re very humble about what we do. I just try to do the best I can,” says Feck.
See his tasting notes below.
To purchase click here: http://www.camposcoffee.com/store/product/brazil-da-gema-coe-lot-14.aspx
|Country Of Origin
||Peanut, Dark toffee
||Raw honey, Unripe Olive, Tobacco Leaf
||Subtle ruby grapefruit acidity
||Chocolate, Dark honey, Smokey, Savoury, Black plum skins, Slightly herbaceous
||Silky, Pleasant, Refined, Elegant
||Lengthy with a hint of roast almond