Coffee Reviews

Brazil – Cerrado Mineiro – Mall Grab Coffee

Andrew Pautler

Coffee Details

  • Coffee Name
    Brazil - Cerrado Mineiro
  • Roaster
    Mall Grab Coffee
  • Roaster Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Estimated Price
    $11.00 / 180g
  • Flavor Notes
    Caramel, nuts, vanilla, citric fruits
  • Process
    Natural
  • Country
    Brazil
  • Region
    Cerrado Mineiro
  • Elevation
    1100-1200 MASL
  • Roast
    Light
  • Review Brew Method
    v60, Chemex
  • Roast Date
    March 5, 2020
  • Review Date
    March 14, 2020

Coffee Scoring

8.9
Aroma
9 / 10
Body
8.5 / 10
Flavor
8.5 / 10
Acidity/Brightness
9 / 10
Balance
9 / 10
Sweetness
8.5 / 10
Cleanliness
9.5 / 10
Aftertaste
9 / 10
Complexity
9 / 10
Flexibility
9 / 10
Pros
  • Clean & balanced
  • Nice evolution of acidity

Cons
  • Could use more sweetness

Disclosure: Pull & Pour received coffee samples for this post, however, as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Mall Grab is a micro-roaster based in Portland, Oregon that is passionate about not only coffee, but also skateboarding. They donate $1 from every bag sold to kids skateboarding.

This coffee is a naturally processed coffee from Brazil. Brazil is the largest exporter of coffee in the world, but much of its crop is used for commodity-level coffee. Even the few speciality level coffees I’ve tried from Brazil have been somewhat lackluster, so I was excited and impressed by what this Brazilian coffee delivered.

The coffee begins with a chocolatey fragrance that also had notes of deep/dark fruit. The flavored carried similar notes and I tasted chocolate, cashews and figs. I was impressed with the bright, citrus acidity that was extremely strong at the front, mellowed out in the middle and came back to linger in the finish. The few naturally processed coffees I’ve tried in the past have had lack-luster acidity, which I think is a naturally processed coffees strongest attribute.

The coffee has a caramel sweetness, but nothing too strong (I would have preferred a bit more sweetness). It has a medium body and is well balanced and clean. It wasn’t incredibly complex, but did have some nice layering of flavor notes and a nice evolution of the flavor as the coffee cooled. The flavor notes remained the same, but they became sweeter and slightly different as the coffee moved towards room temperature.

The Bottom Line

This Brazilian coffee from Mall Grab bridged what you’d expect from a good South American coffee (clean, balanced, chocolately), while also adding in some nice unexpected elements (high acidity, evolution and layering of flavors). It would appeal to a wide audience since it is both easy drinking, while also carrying some nice complexity.

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