GILCIMAR TILLI 300g
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Espirito Santo is the state just north of the more widely recognized region of Rio de Janeiro, you know, where the carnival is and where Roger Moore bared his knuckles in Moonraker in 1979.
The sister state to the north is not as famous, but well suited for commerce. Its harbor in the capital of Vitoria has been an important port for hundreds of years. The Westly neighbor, Minas Gerais, is the world's biggest coffee producer in terms of volume, and that clearly explains the need for a strategically placed port.
Farmer: Gilcimar Tilli
Origin: Brazil – Brejetuba, Espírito Santo
Variety: Yellow Catuai
Altitude: 1000 m
Flavor Profile: Vibrant citrus, molasses, and milk chocolate
If you follow route 262 straight to the west, the roads quickly and dramatically ascend into the mountains and will after about three hours place you in the small city of Venda Novo do Imigrante. A city founded by early Italian immigrants. Farming is of great importance to the city and it is right at the heart of the region's arabica producing area.
Thanks to the proximity of the sea and the surrounding mountains, the humidity is high and the temperatures relatively low. This unique microclimate, together with mineral-rich soils give way to some really unique coffees with lots of fresh acidities and floral notes. Quite a way off from the classic ”Brazilian flavor profile” of nuts and dark cacao.
Another 30 minutes along the road, is the small village of Brejetuba, and the farm Sitio Vargem Grande, that is the home of our dear friend Gilcimar Tilli. The farm is possibly the best example of the unique Espirito Sante terroir. Hidden away in dense forests that continually add to the rich soils and cool climate, Gilcimars coffee is full of vibrant acidity and candied molasses. He grows his coffee in a truly artisanal way and the tiny harvest from the tiny farm makes the coffee even more special. A rare gem and smile-bringer. Gilcimar, folks!