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Brazil Minas Naturais

Item No. BMA-M

Available: Grocery | Peet's Store

Price:  per lb. $14.95
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Naturally processed coffee cherries from the Minas Gerais region are sweetened by the Brazilian sun.

Flavor Notes

Smooth, full bodied and sun-dried sweet with natural notes of hazelnut.
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We love natural Brazil coffees. They’re sweet, body-driven, and produce luscious espresso. The best examples exude a flavor like just-roasted hazelnuts. Minas is for Minas Gerais [mee-nas zher-ice], the biggest and we think best producing state located in the south-center of Brazil.

Naturais is Brazilian Portuguese for natural, the bean preparation method we most prefer in this part of the world. It takes sun, and plenty of it, to dry all the way through the skin and sweet pulp of the coffee fruit to the seeds inside. This is done on well-tended patios, where whole cherries are raked continuously, and also on the trees, where a portion of the pickings are left to dry on the branch.

For the record, all of our favorite farms also produce coffees by the “pulped natural” method, which involves removing the skin and some of the fruit pulp from the outset, and the “washed” method, which fully removes it, as is the standard in countries like Costa Rica. In Brazil, with lower altitudes and less acidity, we find the typical washed coffee to be somewhat bland.

Brazil Minas Naturais is anything but, making maximal effect of slow sun drying for a thoroughly sweet cup with mild fruit and caramel notes, unctuous hazelnut and smooth, full body.

Customer Reviews
  • Nathan , drinking Peet's since 1975 10/28/13
  • Eugene, OR

Interesting balance of smoothness and lingering, bright acidity. Surprising, distinctive flavor, something almost like green onion riding on top. Seems to brew best at a lower temperature, with everything coming into a better balance. As you get toward a boiling temperature, too much of that interesting but strange green onion flavor takes over. At a lower temperature, more of what folks are calling the hazelnut/vanilla flavor comes in.

  • Stephanie , drinking Peet's since 2008 10/9/13
  • Denver, CO

One of the best Peet's I've tried. I was mixing up my subscription order and decided to try one I haven't had before. Good idea! For me, it was nearly a perfect cup of coffee. Yum!

  • uwaveman , drinking Peet's since 1980 5/14/13
  • San Jose, CA

This Monte Alegre is one of the best!

  • Basil , drinking Peet's since 1980 4/22/13
  • Phoenix, AR

My coffeemaker broke and saw this at Target when I was getting a replacement. Worth every penny, very flavorful yet easy on the stomach first thing in the AM.

  • Robert A. Gemerek , drinking Peet's since 2008 4/16/13
  • Blasdell, NY

This is easily peets best medium blend coffee. Its also one of their best deals for the price and one of my favorite of all of peets coffee. Its amazing how they roast a bean so perfectly that it tastes like heavenly hazelnut and vanilla.....everyone should give this a try, especially if you like "nutty" coffee.

  • Elizabeth Welch , drinking Peet's since Early 4/1/13
  • Avon, NY

We have a small B & B in upstate NY and serve local foods and found this coffee at Wegman's. We like the idea that the beans come from the Viera family in Brazil & we and our guests enjoy the taste very much. Thank You PEET'S.

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