Campo Tres is grown on Peixoto Coffee Roasters' family farm, making this truly one of the most directly sourced relationships. The naturally processed Yellow Catucai varietal from Brazil is said to be feature notes of tangerine, pear, and cashew.
Where the last two week's #whatsCTpulling posts featured very bright coffees from Peixoto, this one is perfect for those wanting something leaning much more traditional with big smooth body and that classic rich coffee flavor. There is a hint of crisp fruit sweetness, but the nutty-buttery cashew notes really dominate here. This made for a coffee that's a bit more roasty and "bass note" profiled than I typically drink, but I can certainly appreciate a more classic coffee done very well.
To retain acidity and keep the coffee from being completely deep/rich flavor dominated, I kept a pretty coarse grind, faster brew times, and cooler temps. Brewing cups at 1:16 ratio in 2:30 for a 20 gram dose, using 200*F water.
As espresso, the coffee was like cashew butter, pulling shots at 18 grams in an 18 gram VST basket to 38 grams out in 27 seconds at 199*F. It held up well in big milk drinks and made for a nice classic profile latte.
So, if the vibrant Kenyan AB is your cup of fruit, and you have traditional coffee drinkers coming over for the holidays, this one might be the ticket to keep everyone happy. $20.95 for a 12 ounce bag with free shipping via Peixoto's website here.