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About Brazil Legender Sitio Barbela Natural
- Producer: 25 small sharecroppers
- Region: Cachoeirinha
- Elevation: 1100 meters
- Varietals: Yellow Catuai, Red Catuai
- Milling Process: Natural
- Drying Process: Patio
- Harvest Months: June to September
Producer and project coordinator Edivalto Moraes
Legender, as a coffee buying group, was founded in 2012 focused on offering the best coffees grown in their region. They provide full traceability of all of coffee lots and their partner producers are fully committed to environment friendly practices. The group is focused on building strong and lasting relationships with their grower partners. Legender means legendary in Portuguese, the company's goal for their coffee and the producers they work with.
Cup Characteristics: Aromas of cherry vanilla. Flavors of cherry, brown sugar and walnut. Soft, smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a clean, sweet cup and lively at the start of the new season.
Roasting Notes: Brazilian coffees are somewhat softer and less dense due to their elevation, so heat is absorbed more quickly. We prefer to stop this coffee before the outset of second crack, in order to preserve citrus notes and brightness. To roast it too dark would mean that many of its subtleties would be lost, but be sure to have a first crack plus at least a full minute of development time and possibly first sounds of second crack.
Brazil coffee facts:
Population (2006): 188 million people
Coffee Production: 44 million bags (60 kg)
Country bag capacity: 132 pounds - 60 kg
Domestic Consumption: 17 million bags
Coffee Export: 27 million bags
Cultivated Area: 2.83 million hectares (over 7 million acres)
Arabica Introduced: Early 18th century via French Guyana
Specialty Coffee Regions: Parana, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio De Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Bahia, Pernambuco.
Grades: AA Plus, AA, peaberry
Botanical Varietals: Bourbon, typical, caturra, mondo novo, catuai, maragogype.
Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer, offering a wide variety of taste profiles.