Background: This is our third season working directly with Henrique Sloper at Camocim Estate. The Camocim Estate is located in the Espirito Santo region, a coastal state north of Rio and west of Minas Gerais. The picturesque farm is situated near the Pedra Azul (Blue Mountain) Monolith, a famous land feature in the Espirito Santo region and the name sake of Groundwork's unique lot of coffee from this estate.
This garden-like farm turned to organic production in 1999 under the ownership of Henrique, and is a host to a plethora of diverse flora: from Jacaranda and Eucalyptus varieties to the exotic coffee varieties of Moka and Iapar 59 and the more "typical" varieties; Bourbon, Icatu, Caturra, and Catuacai. After sampling Henrique’s coffees, we decided we wanted to do something a bit different: create a blended green coffee using our favorites from among all the varieties that we had cupped. So we did, cupping various combinations of four of our five favorite varieties until we found the right proportions. Our proprietary blend is comprised mainly of Peaberries, and balanced out by Catuacai, Yellow Bourbon, Yellow Caturra. It has been fun working with Camocim and seeing the profile of this coffee develop over the years. We think this year's is the best yet.
In the Cup: This light roast coffee is creamy and smooth with notes of vanilla, almond extract, chocolate fudge, and red fruit.
Source: Camocim Estate
Region: Espirito Santo
Varietal: Catuacai, Yellow Bourbon, Yellow Caturra, Peaberry
Processing: Natural Process, Sun Dried
Certification: USDA Organic, Demeter Biodynamic