Brazil - Marquez
Owner: Joel Marques de Oliveira
Region: Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
Process: Semi - Washed
Altitude: 950 MASL
Strawberry, Blacurrent, Fruit Pastilles, Milk Chocolate, Walnut
Chapada Diamantina is a region in Bahia state, North-Eastern Brazil. Its coffees are known for having unique profiles constantly challenge the traditional elements of Brazilian coffee. This is achieved due to the unique terrain found in the beautiful Chapada Diamantina - a protected conservation area; consisting of stunning vistas, waterfalls and biodiversity.
The locals are renown for using alternative processing methods, contrasting the traditional natural and pulped methods found across the rest of Brazil.
The Marquez coffee utilises a washed process which is fairly rare across Brazil. Cherries are pulped much in the same way as a traditional pulped natural or honey process, but are then fermented to break down the sugary mucilage.
This is then dried on cement patios, followed by a mechanical drying until the optimum moisture content is reached. The end result is a Brazilian coffee with defined acidity and fruit, much like an East African Arabica, yet it still holds some of the characteristics of a Brazilian coffee, with notes of Milk Chocolate and Nuts.