Brazil Sitio Santo Antonio

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 Brazil! As a single origin!

Feels kinda strange to say that, to be honest. Brazil is the world's biggest coffee producer by a longshot, and while it's always played a role at Huckleberry, it's usually been a utilitarian one. With relatively low altitudes and a coffee industry that prioritizes productivity over cup quality, your stereotypical Brazil - if it's a good one - is low in acidity and overall pretty mellow in flavor. And while some of the farmers are undoubtedly great people, Brazil's coffee industry is steeped in its colonial past, dominated by huge farms, owned primarily by families of European descent.

Not necessarily the type of coffee we usually seek out for single origin, but good, basic Brazils have always formed an important building block in Blue Orchid, Sound and Vision, and cold brew.

This year though, we're offering two Brazils we think rise way above the tide in the country, and can thank Phyllis Johnson and Miriam Aguiar for bringing these to our attention and raising the bar for Brazil. Phyllis owns BD Imports in the US, and has been one of the major forces pushing for increased diversity in the coffee industry. And Miriam runs Apara Coffees, an exporter focused on developing coffee and sustainable practices at smaller farms in the Minas Gerais region in Brazil. Together, they've been working to highlight female and black Brazilians in coffee, and have given us the chance to taste and roast some wonderful coffees. More often than not, these gems would have been blended into large, untraceable, regional lots.

Sitio Santo Antonio is the more comforting of the two Brazilian coffees we're highlighting this year, and comes to us from the Peixoto family. The Peixotos are a group of 6 brothers plus their extended families, who started their coffee journey as sharecroppers - a common role in the industry for black Brazilians. Over the years, they saved up enough money to collectively buy 44 hectares of land, becoming one of the few families in the country to work their way up from sharecropping to farm ownership.

From the start, the Peixotos have focused on quality, separating their coffee by variety, and building a cupping lab on their farm to hone in on best farming and processing practices. We're lucky to roast this Yellow Catucaí lot as a single origin coffee, and are also featuring a few other coffees from the farm in our blends.

This coffee is just sweet and pleasant. Milk chocolate and graham cracker are the main flavors, backed up with a pleasant nuttiness, a hint of red pear fruitiness, and a tiny bit of florality. Drink your coffee with milk? This'll pair great. Drink it straight, and it'll be a sweet, unassuming, but rewarding cup. It'll also work great as a single origin espresso.

For the first time, we're truly excited about coffees from Brazil, and are excited to partner with Phyllis and Miriam to highlight a more diverse group of farmers. We haven't been super enthused about Brazil in the past, but are thankful to be proven wrong, in the best way possible.

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Photos courtesy Isabela Lobato and BD Imports



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