Brazil is the world’s leading grower of coffee, and a lot of it is “cheap” coffee that is used as fillers, blends, and flavored coffees. But these are unusually large 19+ screensize beans (it's only a millimeter bigger then the 17/18 screensize, but every millimeter counts!) and they have really smooth sweet flavor, almost a vanilla and nutty taste that's really decent as espresso and coffee both. It is a blend of coffee beans that are sorted out from a variety of farms and regions to create a consistent taste profile. It's a natural process Brazil which makes it great for espresso blends, and it has a less earthy/dirty taste then most Brazilian beans. It's definitely a step up from your average Brazil, but doesn't cost much of a premium.
For espresso, try taking it 10-20 seconds into the 2nd cracks -- just enough to get a spotty oil. Use it anywhere from 40%-100% in your espresso blend. You can take it as far as 40 seconds into 2nd cracks for a stronger espresso in flavored latte beverages but it starts to get more bitter the darker you go.
As a coffee, again you can take it 10-20 seconds into the 2nd cracks. On the lighter end, you get more of that vanilla smoothness and none of the harshness you might expect from a Brazil. If you want it on the darker side -- maybe 30 seconds of 2nd cracks -- then it gets that edge to it that reminds you of a Brazil and gives your blend some nuttiness and boldness.
US Arrival March 2017
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