São Sebastião - Brazil

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About São Sebastião

Just over 10 years ago, Mr. Jung Han Kim had a bold vision. He acquired the land that is Fazenda (meaning ‘farm’ in Portuguese) São Sebastião. The farmland at the time was not producing any crops and only used as a pasture for cattle for the dairy farm in its previous life. 

After Mr. Kim’s arrival, he planted one million (yes, you read that right: 1,000,000) coffee trees and built up an entire coffee production facility. Then, in 2017, his daughter, Catarina, and her husband, Marcos, joined in on the vision to help grow the farm even more. Working together, they’ve been able to secure certifications (like Rainforest Alliance) and expand the farm’s innovation through experimental coffee processes.

This lot is processed using a method Catarina calls Volcanic Natural. As is true for all natural-processed coffees, the full cherry is left on the bean during processing. Where this method differs is how the cherries are arranged; they pile the coffee cherries in a cone (or volcano shape) on the patios as they are drying. These little ‘volcanoes’ then get reshaped several times to allow airflow and promote fermentation.

The final result is a cup that is slightly fruity with a creamy texture and soft acidity. We think Mr. Kim’s bold vision has definitely paid off and we’re so jazzed to be able to share this coffee (and this story!) with you.

REGION: Minas De Gerais, Brazil
FARM/MILL: São Sebastião
VARIETAL: Yellow Catuaí
ALTITUDE: 950 - 1,400 Meters
PRODUCER: Catarina Kim
PROCESS: Volcanic Natural

Sourced from our partners at Collaborative Coffee Source.

Tastes like

Orange Zest, Stone Fruit, Milk Chocolate

Brewing Recommendation

While we strive to roast our coffees to be enjoyable using any brewing method, try this coffee on Kalita.

Kalita Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 25g coffee and 400g water]

Frequently asked questions

We ship almost all orders same or next day, Monday-Friday. We ship via USPS and typically orders take 2-5 days arrive. (But, as you may know, once we drop your package off, shipping times are out of our control.)

The coffee is usually roasted within one business day (Monday-Friday) of shipment. We recommend waiting at least 3-4 days after the roasting date before brewing. (And we think the sweet spot is around 2 weeks!)

All our coffees will be somewhere in the vicinity of a light to medium roast.

The way we approach roasting coffees is called 'profile roasting' meaning that we create a unique roasting profile for each coffee based on the characteristics of each bean (density, size, moisture level within the bean, etc) and how it reacts while roasting so that we can get what we believe to be the best expression possible for each of our coffees!

Lucky for you, any of our coffees can be brewed as espresso!

We aim to roast our coffee so that it tastes great in a variety of brew methods. (Fun fact: espresso is a brew method, not a type of coffee bean!)

If one of our offerings sounds good to you, we bet you’ll like it on espresso too! But, we always like to suggest Tres Banderas as a starting point for espresso. 

No, most of our coffees aren’t ‘certified’ organic. But!! That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not grown using organic processes. For many of the farms/mills that we purchase coffee from, the cost of the certification could put them out of business — new and separate equipment, cost of application process, the time spent going through certification (multiple years), etc. You can read more on the topic in our blog post here.

We are not officially fair trade certified and typically do not purchase Fair Trade certified coffees. We believe the system is a good one, and has helped many farmers and families earn a better living, however, one thing it does not address well is quality of product, and we typically pay much higher prices for higher quality.

Fair trade usually offers farmers a small premium (about $.40) on top of whatever the current market price for coffee is. We either work directly with producers or importers that already pay well above Fair Trade prices for high quality coffees. We pay top prices for great coffees regardless of any certification. Please feel free toreach out to us if you have any other questions regarding our buying practices.

Your enthusiastic satisfaction with your order is our top priority! If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us to discuss available options.

You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date the order was placed. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it in and must be in the original packaging.

Please note that we cannot accept returns on coffee because it is a perishable item. If we made an error in fulfilling your coffee order, we will, of course, make it right! Just contact us and we’ll get everything sorted.

Visit our full FAQ page or send us a note at hello@crema-coffee.com.