Brazil Sivanius Kutz #1
Whole bean coffee
Region: Espírito Santo
Producer: Sivanius Kutz
Altitude: 1000 meters
Varieties: Catuaí, Catucaí
Tasting notes: Blackberry, dark chocolate, hazelnut, green grape
As a coffee producing country Brazil is highly commoditized and mechanized. Most of the coffee grown there is produced by large cost-driven estates and corporations, and is suitable only as a cheap filler in blends and commercial products. It's a far cry from the coffees we usually buy, choice varieties grown at high elevations by small quality-driven producers, hand-picked over mountainous terrain to result in nuanced complexity.
We've long known that clean, sweet, high quality coffees are possible in Brazil, but finding coffee that not only meets the profile we seek but is also produced by the type of small-scale and sustainable family farm we typically work with is more challenging than one would think for the world's largest producing country by volume. This year we were fortunate to finally establish a strong and transparent supply chain through our partners at Osito Coffee to Sivanius Kutz. Sivanius is exactly the type of producer we’ve been dying to work with in Brazil. He and his family grow Catuaí and Catucaí varieties on their small farm in the mountainous area of Itarana, Espírito Santo. The local micro-climates and the Kutz family's careful dedication to quality yield a clean, complex coffee totally unlike the typical Brazil, showcasing delicious flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate, and hazelnut with a winey acidity.
This is our first year buying coffee from Sivanius Kutz, through our sourcing partners at Osito Coffee. Our friend Kyle Bellinger from Osito sent us pre-shipment samples from their new project in Espírito Santo, Brazil in May 2020, and this lot was our clear favorite. We scored it 87 points and purchased 3 60kg bags for $3.55/lb FOT, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.05/lb. We also purchased 5 more bags of a 85 point lot from Sivanius for $3.42/lb FOT, to release as an instant coffee.