Region: Três Pontas
Varietal: Paraiso, Yellow Catuai, Mundo Novo
Altitude: 1,200 MASL
Cupping Notes: Stonefruit, Almond, Brown Sugar
Recommended Roast:City to Full City
Good For: Auto Drip, Pour Over, Espresso
Description: The Zaroca Farm, in mid-1915, was called Jararaca Farm, and was owned by Mr. Zaroca, the great-grandfather of the current owner and manager, Gilberto Basílio. It was incorporated into Fazenda Boa Vista, which had sugar cane as its main crop. In 1980, Maria de Brito, Gilberto's grandmother and Zaroca's daughter, took over the farm and changed it’s name to Fazenda Zaroca - in honor of her father, who did so much for the growth of coffee and sugarcane culture in the region. After his death in 1996, Gilberto's mother took over the farm, and for a few years Gilberto was his assistant in coffee growing, implementing new varieties of fruits. From 2015, Gilberto took over the management of his share that represents 62.5% of Fazenda Zaroca and began a work focused on the production of specialty coffees, continuing to introduce high quality coffee varieties, and implementing the use of better technology and equipment modernization.
Zaroca sits at a relatively high elevation for coffee production in Brazil, at 1,200 MASL. Because of this, the coffee coming from this farm cups with more acidity than is typical for Brazilian coffees. We get notes of Stonefruit, Hazelnut, and Brown Sugar.
Really enjoying this variety. It was a bit of a flyer when I bought 20#, but it roasts evenly and I'm very happy with the flavor profile. For the price, I think it's a great bean.