As you may know, we use 5 beans to create our very own SYMPOSIUM coffee blend. The first bean we wanted to explore is the Brazil Santos – I didn’t need any convincing to buy plane tickets!!!
Even though nearly 75% of Brazil’s coffee farms are considered small farm plantations (less than 10 acres each), Brazil has one of the coffee industry’s best, most advanced coffee processing systems. It’s no wonder Brazil is the world’s leading coffee producer.
We were beyond excited to take our first trip to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in March 2019 and were delighted to meet and spend time with Marcellus and his brother Marcel who source, buy and send our Brazilian beans over to us to get roasted in the UK!
Brazilian Santos gourmet coffee beans are processed using a natural dry method, which dries the coffee bean inside the cherry. This process ensures some of the fruit’s sweetness remains. Although Santos is the port much of Brazil’s coffee passes through, it is not a coffee region.
We use Strictly Soft (SS-top grade): grown at a lower altitude, this bean is less acidic than denser beans. The medium-toned brightness it does possess is somewhat reminiscent of tobacco/spice at first taste, but caramel is the sustained note. This is a sweet bean and makes a good base for espresso.
Can’t wait to learn more about our other beans!! Where next Paul? Vietnam, Ethiopia or Colombia??