Tasting Notes: PB&J | Cocoa | Strawberry
Producer Danilo Vital began learning about coffee production from his grandmother Nita at a young age. Currently he operates a 3 hectare farm, called Sítio Vital, with his parents. This lot of coffee is a Red Catuai variety, which is a specially-developed variety cultivated widely across Brazil and created using a cross between two other varieties: Mundo Novo and Caturra. It is known for its high productivity potential. This particular lot was processed using the Natural process.
The Natural process is a sun-dried process that involves the drying of cherries whole without the additional use of any other materials, including water for washing or machines for depulping. (Hence the term "natural!) Before the coffee is dried, it is harvested from the trees, floated in water, then sorted to remove any fruits that are not up to standard. From there, the sun-drying begins.