What They Said:
Fazenda Barreiro was planted with coffee at the end of the 19th century by Agostinho José da Costa Junquira. For the last thirty years the farm has been managed by Francisco, Agostinho’s great-grandson. Francisco upholds the great coffee growing traditions of the area, in addition to trialling new methods and continually improving the quality of his coffee. Francisco carefully manages the balance between the working farm and preservation of local water sources and forest areas. There is a beautiful waterfall on the farm and its source river provides electricity and a great natural swimming pool for the children of the thirty families that live in the community. Our coffee from Barreiro this year is the Yellow Bourbon cultivar. This cultivar, combined with select picking of ripe coffee and careful processing using the pulped natural process, gives the Barreiro its unique flavours of cherry and chocolate.
What We Said:
Wow! I floated home on the rich, chocolatey aroma wafting from my backpack. When connoisseurs talk about earthy notes, this is what they mean. Fantastic coffee that gives you a caffeine jolt without knocking off your head. The flavour remains intense right down to the final sip and lasts well on the palate. I picked this up at the Borough markets on a weekday. Saturdays, there is a huge queue. The lovely lady behind the counter gave me the option of whole beans or freshly ground for my espresso machine – another reason to choose local roasters over chain brands. Monmouth score very well here. 8 beans out of 10.