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Review #95: Fazenda Paradiso Café

Name of Roaster: Fazenda Paradiso Café

Location of Roaster (City, State, Country): Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Name of Roast: Bourbon Type of Roast (Light, Medium, Dark): Light/Medium

Origin of Beans: Cafes da Vertentes, Santo Antonio do Amparo, Minas Gerais, Brazil Price: N/A (250g) Brewing Method (Drip, Chemex, AeroPress, etc.): Chemex Time Between Purchase and Brewing (Ballpark is fine): Forty Days Aroma: Tearing open the bag, we noted rich, deep chocolate brownie batter, mocha, milk chocolate, and hazelnut. After the grind, we found a warmed scent, with notes of toffee, cinnamon, and strawberry jam folded into the chocolate-heavy base. Raw cane sugar, caramelizing sugar, toffee, and melted chocolate showed on the pour.

Flavor Profile: This coffee was full-bodied on the entry, starting high on the palate and moving across the roof of the mouth before falling on the tongue. Bright, lush, and well-balanced, the coffee had a variety of flavors packed into the cup. Notes of almond, nougat, pecan, tangerine, and ripe melon appeared in cascdes. The sides picked up the lovely, vibrant acidity of nectarine and lime, while the tip of the tongue caught a flourish of lemon. The finish showed dark chocolate dust and warm mandarin orange.

Overall Impression (What did you think of it? Anything else we should know?): Fazenda Paradiso Café is a family-run operation that is truly farm-to-cup, with the beans being grown on the family farm in Minas Gerais, and the coffee roasted on site at the café in Rio de Janeiro. There was a tropical feel to this coffee, which means it is perfect for summer sipping. We paired this was a savory breakfast of fried eggs and buttered toast, but we're sure it would hold up to a sweet pastry. It also showed nicely on its own. If you're in Rio de Janeiro, this is a coffee roaster that is worth a visit.

Final Score (1-10, with 10 being the best cup of coffee in your life): 8.3. Where to Buy: Fazenda Paradiso Café

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