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Introducing Brazil Biodynamic Fazenda Floresta Bourbon Pulped Natural 2011

I know this could make for many man blog post (particularly this time of year) but I like the idea of sharing new coffees with you so please keep with me it will get quieter. So the sister of the Natural bourbon appears

Back for a second year, this great world exclusive direct trade coffee. This was the first of our direct trades from Bahia last year, and we are very pleased to see it back.

This farm is located in the Chapada Diamantina region which is half way between the Equator and the Tropic of Capricorn. With an altitude ranging from 1,050 to 1,200 meters it provides the ideal microclimate for coffee farming.  The Chapada Diamantina region is the largest biodynamic coffee producing region in Brazil with over 600 workers and their families involved in this form of agriculture.

Biodynamic agriculture is the oldest consciously organic approach to farming and gardening and is one of the most sustainable in existence. It is founded on a holistic and spiritual understanding of nature and the human being and builds on the pioneering research work of Rudolf Steiner. Has Bean is the first (and at the time of writing, only) Certified Biodynamic Roaster in the UK.

I’m going to give you my Has Bean Steve summary of what biodynamic is in one short sentence. Biodynamic means the farmer gives a stuff about the farm, the land, the animals on the farm and the people that live and work on it. Like the sound of it ? Yes, me too, and that’s why we are involved at the ground level. Ignore the hooky cooky stuff you may have heard about it and remember this – as long as growers follow the good principles of biodynamics then that’s good for the cup, the environment and everyone involved.

Bourbon is not a varietal that is good for biodynamic farming, it’s a pig to grow, it’s yield is low and pests love it. But some of my favourite coffees have come from this varietal and in particular grown in Brazil. We have bought every last bean produced of this wonderful Bourbon varietal from Fazenda Floresta this year, both natural processed and pulped natural.

In the cup expect loads of milk chocolate with a huge mouthfeel. Like so many fantastic Brazillians that chocolate comes through, but there is also a delicious acidity that reminds me of lychee. It has a delicious whole nut chocolate bar finish. I know these descriptors get a bit boring for Brazillian coffees, but they are so typical of great Brazillians and this certainly is one. This is a tiny lot only 2 bags in the world.

Farm: Fazenda Floresta
Farmer: Nelson Ribeiro
City:Chapada Diamantina
Region: Bahia
Country: Brazil
Farm Size: 67.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 34.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1200masl
Varietal: Bourbon
Processing System: Pulped Natural

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