JOSÉ ANTONIO, Corrego da Prata
Another stunning coffee from a small scale producer in our favourite region of Brazil. This coffee has a buttery body with notes of cacao nibs, grapefruit, melon and a rich sweetness like muscovado.
CULTIVAR: Red Catuai
PREPARATION: Pulped Natural
LOCATION: Montanhas do Espirito Santo
ALTITUDE: 1,000 masl
José Antonio Debona Romão is of Italian descent and was raised on his family’s property, Sitio Corrego da Prata, in Castelo, Espirito Santo. His father, José Romão, acquired the farm in the 1960s and planted the first coffee trees at that time. In 2000, José Antonio began depulping coffee with the intention of improving quality and adding value. Lot by lot, he began identifying the property’s potential to produce specialty coffee and his coffees were awarded prizes in various cup competitions.
The Montanhas do Espirito Santo region is dominated by small-scale coffee growers who work with family members and build off of traditional knowledge to innovate and improve their quality of life and coffee. Located in the southern area of the Espirito Santo state, where mild temperatures and steep highlands favour growing Arabica coffees, this region produces a superb quality coffee with a round body, nice acidity, and fine sweetness.