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Pulp natural coffees from the Pereira family farm have anchored our Black Cat Classic espresso blend for years. This syrupy lot, which reminds us of dates, orange and butterscotch, is one of the first in the family’s transition to fully washed coffees.
  • SKU 202007
  • Country Brazil
  • Region within Country Carmo de Minas - Minas Gerais
  • Elevation 900 - 1100 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Fazenda Santa Inês
  • Farmer / Producer Name Francisco Isidro Pereira
  • Buyer James McLaughlin
  • Cultivar Yellow Bourbon
  • Harvest Time April 12, 2017
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
CitrusDried FruitsButtery

Agua Preta Brazil Single Origin Espresso

Meaningful collaboration between a coffee farmer and a roaster is still a relatively new concept. Farmers have spent years — sometimes generations — perfecting their agricultural and wet-milling practices to take into account the climate and geography of the regions in which they live, as well as their personal experiences. Buyers, on the other hand, travel to farms all over the world. We see dramatically different growing and processing systems, and taste the ways the differences affect flavor.

We have worked for more than a decade to foster exchanges between growers in our Direct Trade network. Today, we are seeing more and more interest among farmers and roasters in sharing and learning from one another. But this only happens when there is a level of trust that develops over years of working together and treating each other as partners. This Agua Preta single-origin espresso is another example of that spirit of collaboration.

The Pereira family is familiar to anyone who enjoys our Black Cat Espresso blend — it has been an Intelligentsia Direct Trade partner for over 10 years. Located in the Carmo de Minas region of Minas Gerais, its 74-hectare Santa Inês farm has won numerous quality awards, including the 2005 Cup of Excellence (COE) competition. But instead of resting on its reputation for success, the Pereira family has been busy innovating and renewing its claim to leadership in Brazil’s coffee sector.

During our 2015 Extraordinary Coffee Workshop in Guatemala, we visited our partners at another COE-winning farm, Finca La Soledad. On the bus ride there, I was sitting next to the folks who export the Pereira family coffees, Luiz Paulo Filho and his son, of Carmo Coffees. I was asking why so few growers in Brazil were producing fully washed coffees. We discussed the merits of fully washed versus the pulped natural coffees so common in Brazil, and the effect that those processes have on the acidity and flavor of a coffee. During our visit to La Soledad and several other Guatemalan farms, the father-and-son duo started hatching a plan to produce fully washed coffee.

Over the past two years, the Pereira family converted a wet mill to produce only fully washed coffees, first as a pilot test then on a larger scale. The early results, including this single-origin espresso lot, are incredibly promising! Having played some small part in their decision to test a new processing method is rewarding, but the credit for this lot goes to the Pereira family, whose continuous pursuit of quality keeps it on the forefront of change.

From Intelligentsia Quality Control and Roasting Manager Sam Sabori:

Brazil has been the backbone of our Black Cat Classic espresso since the project’s inception. The dense, resonant sugars in every lot of Brazil we select provide us with dynamic coffees that are approachable as standalone shots and perfect for pairing with milk. This particular lot stood out among our Retail Education team because of the abundance of positive flavor characteristics. The most common flavor notes we found were dates, orange, and butterscotch. This coffee is dense and wants to be explored, so don’t feel shy when pushing this coffee towards higher extraction numbers.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.