Sweet Tooth Espresso - Esperança Chocolate Topázio, Brasil
Harvested: Summer 2018
Location: Campos Altos, MG, Brasil
Tastes like: pomelo, dark chocolate, marshmallow
Grown by: Bruno de Oliveira Sidney de Souza
For years now, the Souzas have been doing things a bit differently in Brasil. Bruno Souza works the land in the same way as his father, picking coffee only when it is at its peak, processing cherries carefully in small batches, and ultimately striving for the best coffee he can produce - not just the most coffee he can produce. This offering comes from the section of the Esperança farm where Bruno grows his Topázio coffee - a yellow-cherried Brazilian hybrid of Mundo Novo and Catuaí. The "chocolate" in this coffee is attributed to the unique processing. After harvesting and sorting, the ripe cherries are bagged tightly together where they begin their fermentation process in a nearly anaerobic environment. After a few days of maceration, the soft, dark cherries are depulped. The coffee is then laid out to dry on a special mesh lined clay patio, which buffers swings in humidity and temperature as the coffee slowly dries. Another true gem of a coffee from Bruno!
We recommend starting with the following brew parameters:
- Dose: 17-17.5 grams in a "18g" VST or "17g" Strada basket
- Temp: 198-200 degrees at the group
- Time: 29-30 seconds
- Brewing Ratio: 50-60% or about 30-34g of liquid
- Pump Pressure: 8.5-9 Bar or 105-110 psi at the group
- Days Rested: 7-12
A Single Origin Espresso
As a roaster that is committed to promoting our producers and bringing them out of anonymity, single origin espresso has always been important to us. The best shots of espresso we've ever had have been single origin--dynamic, sweet, and complex. They are balanced, and good in milk to boot.
Throughout the year we will be showcasing eight to twelve single producers in homage to our original Sweet Tooth blend. An anti-blend that explicitly showcased the producers whose coffees comprised it. Sweet Tooth will be a rotating single origin on which we've put our stamp of approval as a great shot of espresso.