This very unique coffee comes to us from Daterra farms, a farm that has become synonymous with quality and innovation in the coffee community, located in the Cerrado region of Brazil. Though Brazil is the highest coffee producing country in the world, very little of the coffee produced is “specialty grade.” Daterra focuses on creating this specialty grade coffee to showcase the unique terroir that Brazil can offer. The Anaerobic Guara is part of what is named the “Masterpiece Collection.” This is the highest title and is reserved for only the highest quality and most unique nano-lots of coffees produced on the farm, and we’re excited to share it with you.
More information about Guara:
“Guara is a mutation from a lineage of Catucai: basically, a single plant with yellow cherries showed up among the otherwise red-cherried Catucai trees. The agronomists observed that this mutation presented different characteristics and flavors, so the mutation was selected and cultivated. This is our second production of Guara and we’re excited about this varietal – besides making good cups, it’s also resistant against some of the worst coffee diseases: the leaf rust and pseudomonas.”
Handpicked whole coffee cherries are placed into a sealed tank and left to ferment. A one way valve is placed on the tank blocking any oxygen from entering, as the coffee ferments it begins to release CO2 which forces out all of the oxygen from the tank. This soon creates an anaerobic environment inside the tank, providing ideal conditions for microorganisms to create enzymatic reactions inside of the beans, providing us with a unique flavour profile. After the fermentation, the coffee is then taken as whole cherris to dry on raised beds.