How It Tastes
We can only describe Brazil Campos Altos as “just right.” The coffee is perfectly matched to its medium roast: smooth, round, and balanced, with milk-chocolate, honey-caramel sweetness. Each cup has a taste of place, with the signature natural Brazil hazelnut notes, sundried with a strawberry-like fruitiness. In the cupping room, we often muse that there are many different ways for a coffee to be pleasing, and Campos Altos excels in a rare, exceedingly drinkable fashion: a cup that doesn’t hit you over the head, but still blows you away.
Our relationship is only a few years old, but we’re just as excited to partner with the Oliveira family as we are with farmers we’ve known for decades. How do they do it? They take a care with their coffee—investing in their people and their infrastructure—that can’t always be quantified but can easily be put in a cup for you to taste.
Even the best farms occasionally falter—it would be impossible, even for the finest farmers, to harvest perfection, season after season, especially in a changing climate. And yet the farmers of Campos Altos in Minas Gerais, Brazil, do the extraordinary. Lot after lot, they consistently produce one of our favorite single-estate coffees.