Forward has purchased 3 x 24.2kg boxes of Daterra Masterpiece UPE - "The Tortoise" Pulped Anaerobic Yellow Catuai.
Daterra is one of the most sophisticated coffee operations we've ever had the pleasure of visiting. Daterra is located near the city of Patrocinio, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. This is the classic and famed Cerrado region of Brazil, where the fertile land is flat and proven ideal for coffee.
Daterra's beautiful, coffee-producing systems have turned the farm into an intensive network of lots, which are all monitored individually. Many have automated irrigation systems to ensure ideal nutrients and water make it to the plants themselves.
When it comes time to harvest, Daterra will send members of the team to different lots to evaluate the cherry. They will also harvest small batches to strategize on when to harvest each individual varietal and ensure peak timing. The quality team will then make decisions on how to utilize each of these coffees and where on the menu they'll be used.
The Daterra menu is vast, with three tiers of offerings available, of which Forward Coffee is proud to be the exclusive Canadian distributor. The three tiers are Masterpieces, Collections, and Classics.
Masterpieces are exotic, experimental, and one-of-a-kind. Packed solely in patented Penta boxes (24.2kg vacuum-sealed).
Collections are high-end consistent coffees that the quality team deems 86 - 89 points, packed solely in patented Penta boxes (24.2kg vacuum-sealed).
Classics are coffees that best depict the Cerrado region with quality scores between 80 - 86. These are consistent, value offerings available in 60kg bags.
Each menu tier has a wide array of coffee sub-brands that are represented within. Each of these sub-brands holds a flavor profile that the quality team works tirelessly each year to consistently match and replicate, using combinations of coffee processes and varietals on the farm that work to that build. Think about it like a blend on a roaster's menu, putting components together to make something that's greater than the sum of its parts.
This is a famed farm that was first purchased in 1976 and, today is an icon in the coffee-producing world. Leading by example, Daterra is the only B Corp certified coffee farm, has more certifications than we have space to list, and is working toward being a climate-positive coffee farm.
The flavour profile of this coffee reminds us of a refreshing root beer or cola soft drink. There's a citric acidity that gives it that refreshing quality, with soft florals and ripe berry tones.
Collections: Masterpiece's 2021, UPE - "The Tortoise" Pulped Anaerobic Yellow Catuai
Price per kilogram: $41.18 USD FOB
Process: Pulped Anaerobic
Total kilos purchased: 72.6kg (3 x 24.2kg PentaBox)
Harvest date: August 2021
Fermentation: Pulped anaerobic fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Drying time: 8 days on patios, followed by 30 hours in a drum drier
Drying temperature: 22°C Max. - 8°C Min.
Altitude: 1150 masl
Region: Cerrado, Brazil