Monday, January 18, 2010

New Crop Daterra Sweet Collection

Last week we received our biggest container yet - a 40 foot - directly from the Daterra farm in Brazil. The container was swiftly emptied and the coffee is now in our storage space. This week we're roasting it and Tuesday afternoon it will be on the shelves.

Daterra Sign

Four years ago Klaus and I got a dream fulfilled when we, in search for coffee to be used at WBC, tasted the Sweet Collection at the Daterra farm. Ever since we have enjoyed the sweetness and creamy body of this coffee!

Back in March 2009 I went to Brazil again and I of course was very happy to be able to visit Daterra again. Andreza Mazarao followed me to the farm and was the same wonderful host as I remember from the last time!

Peter and Andreza

Since we had recently gotten a new lot of Daterra Sweet Collection it was interesting to try to track this back. And here the People at Daterra showed one of the reasons why they consistently produce such high quality: It took them less than two minutes to track back and find the specific lot.

Daterra March 2009 14

It turned out that the particular lot we got last year was from their Fazenda Tabuoes Lot no. 22 and this was a lot of pure Bourbon trees. This to me shows a systematic approach which - along with the craftsmanship and continued drive towards higher quality of all the people at the farm - is very convincing. Beside the wonderful hospitality I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the talks with Carlinhos in the cupping lab and the agronomist Gustavo in the field.


To me Carlinhos is an extremely skilled cupper and we are very grateful for his work. On Fazenda Tabuoes his counterpart is Renato who is the cupper there. Since our lot is from this Fazenda he obviously has been more involved in the production of our lot of Sweet Collection and we are therefore also very grateful to him.

Peter and Carlinhos

This is just to mention a few of the people who work hard to produce the fantastic coffee and of course our thanks goes to all the people at Daterra!

A topic that has had my interest for a long time as an espresso enthusiast is the definition of the Cerrado region. We had some very interesting talks about this and especially Gustavo shed some lights on this for me. As I understand it now the Cerrado region is mainly lying within the State of Minas Gerais but partly also in Mato Grosso do Sul and Goias. The region is defined by certain geographical features. The Climate is rather dry and the soil is red with approx. 40% clay which makes the soil quite good for retaining water. But since the climate is rather dry the vegetation is adapted to low precipitation rates.

Typical Cerrado vegetation

Typically for the region is the Lobeira tree (Lobo = wolf. The name was given because the typical wolf of cerrado "Lobo-guará" eat the tree fruit). It has very thick leaves which is good for storing water. It has a bark similar of cork which gives the tree protecion against some of the naturally occuring fires in the dry enviroment.

The Lobeira tree
Lobeira tree

It is believed that the geographical conditions is stressing the coffee tree a bit. Not stressing the tree too much but enough so that it develops a coffee with good body. At Daterra some of the coffees are irrigated and others not. Carlinhos told me that the irrigated coffees tended to be less dense than the coffees that came from trees that was not irrigated. If this seemingly relation between supply of water and the density of the bean also reflects in the body it would be intesting to find investigate more. But the dry conditions in Cerrado and creamy body that coffees from this region sometimes has might indicate some relation like this.

Peter at Lot 22 with Bourbon trees
Peter at Lot TB22 - our lot that year.

All in all the visit at Daterra answered many questions for me and at the same time new questions came along. As if it wasn’t enough to be with people this knowledgable about farming I had the pleasure to be accompanied by distributor of La Marzocco and Mahlkönig in Brazil, Paul Germscheid, whose technical knowledge of these machines is just flowing from him in a continuous stream.

Thanks a lot to everyone for making this trip wonderful!


Daterra Flowering


Anonymous said...

Very interesting! I would like to taste the coffe from Daterra soon!

A coffee fan from the central part of Zealand

Paul Germscheid - LM Brasil said...

Peter, it was great to be able to join you on this great and intense trip to Daterra. The people of Daterra are just outstanding.

I am sure that TCC will give this coffee again the best roast that it deserves to make it a great experience in the cup.


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Kelsey said...

I too would like to taste this coffee, Daterra "Sweet" sounds good :)