Daterra use a pre-fermentation to enhance strawberry and milk chocolate notes in this naturally processed Catucai
Strawberry, Milk Chocolate, Cream
Region: Cerrado Mineiro
Altitude: 1200 masl
Varietal: Red Catucai
Harvest: October 2020
Optimal brew beyond: Filter 7 days | Espresso 21 days.
RSP 150g: 179 DKK
RSP 1kg: 1164 DKK
About the coffee:
This is the fourth year we have bought coffees from Daterra, a small producing group in the Cerrado Mineiro region of Brazil. Nowadays, they are a boundary pushing producer of various levels of speciality coffees, but their story stretches all the way back to 1908, when they started as a small family business. A young couple emigrated to Brazil from Italy, and opened a small gourmet coffee shop, selling the beans they grew on their own small farm and educating other families on how to roast their green beans and sell them. All was not as easy as it sounded however, and after years of hardship attempting to make a living in the fledgling Brazilian coffee market, they decided they had to diversify their family business to survive. They opened a small gas station, and over the next half century, built a successful auto parts business. When it was time for Donato, the eldest son of the couple, to retire, he decided to reinvest in the industry that had sparked his parents’ passion so long ago. The year was 1976, and the foundations for what would become Daterra were set. Donato wanted to create a new and modern approach to Brazilian coffee agriculture, setting a template decades ahead of its time.
The Catucai varietal is popular in Brazil for many reasons, combining the rust resistance of Icatu with the high quality of Catuai. This red Catucai was grown on Daterra’s Boa Vista farm and processed using the natural method. The coffee is first pre-fermentated in open tanks, before drying in-cherry on raised beds. The pre-fermentation adds to the process character in the cup, with soft berries backed up by a creamy feel reminiscent of milk chocolate.