This biscuity, velvet-smooth coffee, with notes of milk chocolate and praline, has a clear Neapolitan influence; a must-try for all lovers of traditional Italian coffee.
The robusta in this blend gives it its Italian style – enough bite to really know you’ve had an espresso, while being deliciously smooth when served with milk. The focus of this premium quality blend is the classic cornerstone of coffee, Brazilian Santos (Bourbon) arabica. This has been carefully blended with Catuai (a hybrid of Mundo Novo and Caturra), Ethiopian ‘Heirloom’ arabica and Indian robusta beans for a truly global experience.
For this blend, we source from smallholder farms and huge estates with screen sizes of 17 and 18, ensuring a consistent flavour profile.
In a report delayed by the pandemic, Conab (Brazil’s national agricultural agency) have projected increased arabica coffee production in 2020 of 47.37 million 60kg bags compared with the 34.29 million bags produced in 2019. Arabica production was seen in January in the range of 43.2 to 45.98 million bags.
Robusta coffee production has seen a decrease to 14.25 million bags from 15 million bags in 2019.
According to Conab, Brazil’s coffee area increased by 1.4% to 2.16 million hectares from 2019 to 2020. This was due to 300,000 hectares of coffee trees, which were planted a couple of years ago, coming to production.
Coffee was not native to the Americas and the first coffee bush in Brazil was planted by Francisco de Melo Palheta in the state of Pará in 1727. According to the legend, Palheta was sent to neighbouring French Guiana on a diplomatic mission to resolve a border dispute. The governor was refusing to export coffee seeds from the state so, on his way back home, Palheta seduced the governor’s wife who secretly gave him a bouquet spiked with seeds.