BCA | Brazil Carmo de Minas Fazenda Alta Vista Natural (Driftaway) Review

Roaster: Alta Vista
Region: Cristina, Mantiqueira
Where to buy: Driftaway Coffee
Roast: Light Roast
Notes: butter, chocolate, earthy
Processing: Natural

Overall rating:


Tastes Like:

Chocolate tones; bitter initial taste but reasonably sweet mid-tones; does not taste heavy; a little bit grainy;


Initially bitter, but sweet (like sugar or chocolate sweet, not flower sweet) afterwards

Buy once:

Yeah, I’d buy this at least once to try

Buy Again:

Probably not only because I prefer other flavors

The Brazil Carmo de Minas Fazenda Alta Vista coffee is a good medium-dark roast coffee that even a light / medium roast lover can enjoy (sort of). Though, I will admit it looks a little bit to get used to it’s still a rather pleasant coffee to drink, but it may be a little too dark for some. Overall, fun to drink. My only real complaint of it is that the initial taste ‘hit’ is a bit too bitter.

The good news is that even though there is an initial bitter hit to it, it mellows our pretty quick and settles into a pleasant lightly bitter and ok-sweet flavor for the rest of the cup. It does also have a little bit of a grainy taste though I’m unsure if that’s because of my brewing method of the bean itself (or both).

I got this coffee from the subscription box service: Driftaway Coffee, and while this article isn’t a box subscription review it’s important to quickly understand Driftaway. It’s a lot like many of the other coffee box subscription services though with my preferences I should be getting a hearty mix of light roast with floral tones and medium roasts. So far so good and this is, albeit not 100% in my style, a coffee that is a bit out of my comfort zone and I’m happy with that.

With the subscription that I have, I get a one one-pound (1lb) bag of whatever coffee they ship out that month. After some experimentation I’ve found that a “mostly medium but slightly on the finer side” grind works best along with a healthy grind to water ratio (meaning for me, I fill the grind container to the almost brim).

The roaster / bean page (https://driftaway.coffee/portfolio/bca/) says it should have chocolate, butter and earthy tones … though I’ve only tasted the sort of chocolate tones. I’m unsure what “earthy” tones really is though, maybe that is part of that bitter taste? It does have a slightly buttery ‘fluff’ to it, but not really. That doesn’t mean they aren’t there, just that I (just a regular coffee lover) can taste.

It’s surprisingly light though. There were several coffees I’ve tried that truly felt “heavy”, but this one not so much. What does this really mean though in this case? It’s a coffee you can happily sip through-out the morning or lunch without having it bloat you up and weight you down.

As I mentioned earlier though, it does have a decent bitter ‘hit’ upfront though. Thankfully that bitterness does not stick around while drinking it though. I think it’s mostly because you get quickly used to this coffee so quick (that is a +1 in my book for coffee) that your body tunes out the bitterness after the first few short sips and you’re then able to focus on the other flavors.

This coffee knows what it is and how to do it, that’s why I rate it highly even though it’s not exactly to what I like. It’s simplicity works very well as there is nothing complex to decipher here. It is exactly what it sets out to be. And that is a very good thing.

So would I purchase this coffee again? No. Not because of anything negative, far from it. I rather like and enjoy this coffee. Though, there are other flavors I prefer more so I’d rather explore those instead.

Does that mean you shouldn’t try it? You should definitely try it. It’s exactly what it’s supposed to be and does it very well. Very much so well worth trying if you like this sort of coffee.

Pardon the poor quality lighting on this please. 😀

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