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Crisp fresh stone fruit is complemented by a rich caramel sweetness, followed by an almost tannic note of grape in the finish.
  • Producer José Antonio Pasti is a descendent of Italian immigrants to Brazil..
  • Our first release of the new harvest from the mountainous region of Espirito Santo.
  • This small region by Brazil’s Atlantic coast has ideal conditions for growing high quality coffees, distinct from those found in the rest of the country.
  • Notes: Red Grape, Peach and Caramel
  • Whole Bean Coffee: 250g (8.8oz).
  • Minimum resting period: Filter 7 days | Espresso 14 days.

Expect notes of:

Red Grape



Carefully separating and fermenting day lots

José Antonio Pasti’s father started the family’s fascination with coffee production when he inherited a small plot of land in the Espirito Santo region in the 1960’s. José grew up on the coffee farm, helping his father with small tasks and slowly becoming more familiar with what it takes to effectively manage a plantation. As he grew older, he started taking on work on neighbouring farms, gaining the breadth of experience he required to eventually manage his own. This happened in 1981, when José’s father split his land between his children and José inherited the land that became Sitio Nascentes. The brothers have continued to work together, investing in expanding the area they have planted with coffee, and investing in new disease resistant varietals. The experience they inherited from their father has paid off, since discovering the quality of their coffees in a regional competition in 2005, the Pasti brothers have continued to invest in producing speciality coffees, carefully separating and fermenting day lots of hand-picked ripe cherries. This lot is processed using the pulped natural method, where cherries are depulped and left to dry with the sticky mucilage layer attached, similar to a honey process. This allows a clearer representation of the Espirito Santo terroir than a full natural process, showcasing a fresh stone fruit character and intense caramel sweetness, followed by an interesting tannic finish of red grape.

Espirito Santo

The Montanhas do Espirito Santo coffee growing region lies in the western highlands of the state of Espirito Santo. Coffee farms here are distinct from those in the rest of Brazil in several ways. Production here more closely resembles that in other countries in South America, with small family-owned farms perched on steep mountainsides. The climate is rather cool due to the influence of the nearby Atlantic ocean, and the mountainous terrain creates many distinct microclimates, leading to perfect conditions for growing slow-maturing high quality Arabica coffees. Due to the steep terrain, most producers in Espirito Santo pick by hand, unlike much of Brazil. These conditions, alongside the varying techniques of many small scale farmers, result in distinct and characterful coffees, most of which are harvested 1-2 months later than the rest of the country. Coffees from Espirito Santo tend to have higher acidity and more distinct fresh fruit notes than many other Brazilian coffees.

About La Cabra

A focus on raw material

If we don’t feel that a coffee suits our style or what we like to present, we simply won’t buy it. Sometimes this leads to issues in green buying; we have to pay very close attention, to a level of green quality that will support this approach, and to how this will develop over the life of a coffee. We are required to focus heavily on the freshness of coffee, both green and roasted, to avoid introducing taints into our cups. We always use clean and fresh water, of an ideal mineral content to present the coffee in its best possible light. Once we have the correct roasting profile, water, and coffee age, the act of brewing is much more simple. A wide variance in brewing parameters can still produce delicious and transparent cups. It is also important to note that this is not always the most consistent approach. The coffee is laid completely bare, so any flaw with the raw material is clearly on show. We could often develop some coffees slightly more, to make them more approachable or easy to work with, but wavering from our philosophy like this would compromise our commitment to complete transparency in coffee.

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Producer José Antonio Pasti
Region Espirito Santo
Altitude 1040 masl
Varietal Red Catuai
Process Pulped Natural
Harvest September 2019


The natural, or dry process, is the traditional process, going back generations. When accomplished in a controlled and careful manner, dry processed coffees can produce flavour experiences not found in wet processed coffees, deep fruits and florals, normally with heavier mouthfeel and lower acidity. The cherries are first sorted, and then laid out on in thin layers (2-6 cm) on raised drying beds. These are almost always used for high quality naturals, as they aid airflow around the coffee as it dries, enabling more even drying. It is very important that coffees are sorted very carefully early on in the drying process, as all of the cherries quickly turn dark brown, making it impossible to separate under and overripe cherries. The cherries are turned frequently to avoid mold formation or over-fermentation, until they reach a moisture content of below 20%, and the outer cherry layer shrinks and blackens. This process takes between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on weather conditions.

La Cabra

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You can brew our coffees any way you want it is just a matter of the right ratios.





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