Brazilian Fazenda Pantano
Yes, it’s that time of year again: the annual Nevada County fair. We were there for opening day, and the kids enjoyed gold panning, checking out the animals, playing Bingo, eating corn dogs, and watching the hatching chicks. We didn’t do any rides yet, so we’ll be back another day. It is always a fun family event, and my kids look forward to it each year. If you’re local, you’re sure to run into everyone you’ve ever known, and if you’re new to the area, you’ll probably make new friends.
This week our coffee comes with a QR code, that links you here. How cool is it that you can follow the bean all the way to the farm where it was grown? If you don’t follow the link, this Brazilian Fazenda Pantano (fazenda means farm in Portuguese) comes from the northwest part of the state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil.
This is an area known for their more specialty coffees. Since Brazil is one of the world’s largest producers of coffee, much of their production in the past has been about quantity, not quality. The Cerrado Mineiro region is making an effort to designate their coffee as high quality Arabica beans.
We’ve roasted this Brazilian light, and when we brewed a French press today it tasted like you were chewing on the beans: nutty, with good acidity, and a flavor that lingers. It would be a perfect complement to chocolate (and we just got a restock of Cello Chocolates).
Have a wonderful weekend you all. Enjoy the county fair* if you live locally, and enjoy your summer if not. I have my twentieth high school reunion this weekend (hard to imagine since I’m only twenty-nine!). Looking back is a good reminder to me to appreciate each day, and the experiences that make us who we are. In the meantime, keep drinking good coffee. Cheers!
*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Brazilian Fazenda Pantano. Code expires on 8.14.14. Limit one free cup per customer please. Valid only at Carolines Coffee Roasters, 128 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA. Code/Offer has no cash value.