More than a Vibrant Package

Vibrant - the name tells the story with these guys. We’ve had the absolute pleasure this week of sampling 4 of their current offerings, and honestly? I just want to go back to Monday and start all over! Luckily, I can just hop back on the site (vibrantcoffeeroasters.com) and grab a bag. Or two. Orrrr 3.

We started this week with their Kenyan Gatomboya AA - comprised of SL-34 and SL-28 varietals. This was by far one of the top Kenyan coffees we’ve had the joy of tasting. It’s a fully washed coffee, and the “vibrancy” of the coffee really shows through. Super bright - still plenty floral, like you’d expect, but much more sweet citrus than we anticipated.

We liked the Kenyan so much we drank it Tuesday as well..

Wednesday, we made a pour over in the Chemex with the Honduras. This was a Pacamara varietal grown in EL Aguacatal, San Jose. This too was a fully washed bean, and it was roasted to perfection. I It had much more sweet and full bodied floral notes than you’d expect from a Latin American coffee, but just the right amount. The main theme in this roast was dried tropical fruits.

Thursday we hopped back across the pond to try two of their heirloom varietals from Ethiopia. We wanted to sample these together as one was a washed processed coffee, and the other natural. We cupped them both, and just couldn’t stop tasting. Each sip brought more and more complexities out of each coffee. The fully washed originated in Yirgacheffe. Love at first sniff. Jasmine, pineapple, tropical citrus, just a world of flavor coming through with this one. The natural processed was out of Nenesbo. First sip was quite earthy and floral, but as we got further into the coffee, it was nothing but dark dried fruits. It left us with an excellent, lingering taste similar to a glass of red wine.

We highly recommend checking these guys out. They use a fluid bed roaster, as opposed to the more traditional drum roasters you’re probably used to seeing. While the basic principles remain unchanged (heat coffee, remove moisture, drink), it’s a process that allows them to be highly meticulous about their roasts and provide a consistently delicious product to the consumer.

They don’t just keep a close eye on the roasting process, but they monitor the coffee through its entire life cycle. They use the finest importers and work as hard as they can to trace the coffee they buy back to the farm it came from.

P.S. if you’re just getting into coffee, or want to hone on some skills, their website has a really informative brewing guide.

From Crop to Cup - Peixoto Coffee

Crop to Cup

They grow it. They roast it. They brew it. The Peixoto Family truly owns their process from “crop to cup”, and it shows with each sip of their coffee.

One thing we learned very quickly when jumping into the coffee business is that everyone, and we mean EVERYONE, is beyond friendly. We haven’t come across a single person that wasn’t willing to offer up some advice, or just chat about their experiences.

In fact, we first heard of the Peixoto family through a fellow coffee truck based out of Pheonix, AZ, The Family Grind.

We reached out to the Peixoto family with a DM, and they had coffee on our doorstep in Birmingham, AL within a week.

We’ve spent the last several days diving into the coffees they sent us, as well as looking into the Peixoto story. When you take a sip of one of their coffees you know it isn’t something you can just grab off the supermarket shelf. This stuff is the real deal.

The coffee starts off deep in the high country of Brazil in Southern Minas Gerais, Brazil where the family has been growing coffee since the late 1800’s. That means they have been perfecting their craft for over 100 years! The family owns 18 micro lots, which each grow a different variety of coffee tree, and the total farm is right at 600 acres. They primarily us a natural process to dry the coffee cherries, but just recently began using two other methods{Honey and Washed} to further diversify the coffee profiles they are able to offer.

We sampled three of their Brazilian coffees: Peixoto washed, Peixoto Honey, and Familia Peixoto. While the tastes varied, the coffee stayed true to the region with a sweet, clean, and rich profile. They also offer various single origin coffees. We had the opportunity to sample the Yirgacheffe Ethiopian (creamy-berries-milk chocolate) and the La Montanita Nicaraguan (grapefruit-white wine-brown sugar). The quality was consistent with the quality of their in-house Brazilians, and we truly enjoyed each one.

While many of the Peixoto family still live in Minas Gerais, a few have made their way to Chandler, AZ where they import their family’s coffee. They operate a roastery and cafe right in the heart of historic downtown.

Final thoughts: If I had to pick one word to describe the Peixoto family, it would be Community. From their community in Minas Gerais, to their community in Chandler, AZ, to their community around the world, they are deeply ingrained in every aspect of the process.

Peixoto Honey

Peixoto Washed

Familia Peixoto

If you want to join the Peixoto community and try a variety of coffees from around the world, visit their online shop at www.peixotocoffee.com. You’ll find a monthly coffee subscription (20% off retail value), single bags of coffee, hats, shirts, and mugs!