We've quietly changed something, have you noticed? It's the Brazilian coffee we use in our big, sweet blend - Clockwork. This year we've chosen a new crop that brings life to the blend while still matching the flavour notes we all love.
In the Clockwork, Rancho Grande provides a sweet, rounded balance to its partner, the Aprysa from Peru. These two South American coffees pack a punch, and are perfect for espresso. They dance well together - providing both a great base for milk drinks and a complex, deep flavour for black coffees. Also, it's plant based milk friendly - no curdling here folks!
On its own, the Rancho Grande is subtly sweet and rich. It brews surprisingly well as a filter coffee - in cafetieres at home or in a big batch brewer at busy restaurants or offices. It's not heavy on the palate like other Brazilian coffees can be. Instead, it's a good bridge between specialty and coffee that's just coffee. Interesting, but not challenging.
In 1933, Aneite Reis inherited five hectares of crops to start coffee production from. Today, Fazenda Rancho Grande is run by José Car-los Reis and his son Flávio (Fafa) Reis, son and grandson of Mr. Aneite, respectively. For diversification, the farm has many cows for dairy and meat production.
The mission of Rancho Grande is to responsibly produce coffee of the highest possible quality without neglecting the importance of protecting the environment and the caring for the well-being of its employees. A number of employees live on the farm in houses provided with subsidised electricity and food. On the farm, they are open to change and trying new techniques and they have invested in several static drying boxes to help improve the quality and profile of the coffee they could produce. In 2017/18 they produced three containers of specialty coffee.
Written by Jess Browning