Maristella Sauza is a small family run farm high up in the mountainous region of Parana, Sur de Minas. The farm’s focus is on producing high quality coffee beans that would allow them to receive a better price, thus improving the livelihood of the family and workers employed there. Icatu and Red Catuai make up the varietals grown there.
This coffee is a yellow honey preparation. The washed coffee is pulped, then fermented to remove some of the mesocarp (mucilage surrounding the seed, or “bean”), then allowed to dry some before finishing the pulping process. Honey processing bridges the gap between wet and natural coffees as the cherry is pulped and then dried with the mucilage layer left on the parchment. The result is extra sweetness in the cup.
Our cupping notes include hints of orange, macadamia nuts, and sweet cocoa.