Amaya Roasting Company has been pushing seasonal coffees since its inception, so it is no surprise to see new- and old-crop coffees appear and disappear from its lineup. This Brazilian coffee from the Sul de Minas Gerais region is a single varietal - 100 percent Yellow Bourbon, which means its flavor and mouthfeel are persistent and dominant. If you pull some beans out of the bag, you'll notice that they are all similar in shape and size -- another example of what a single varietal means.
We love this coffee because it takes well to most brewing methods. We made a pour-over at a slightly finer grind, which produced a rich body with bittersweet chocolate and musky red fruit tones. While delicious in a pour-over, the Monte Alegre also works fine with your drip coffee machine at a slightly courser grind. Easily one of our favorite breakfast coffees -- in these we prefer body and substance over acidity and liveliness - this makes the morning better.
We suggest heading to Catalina Coffee on Washington and giving Monte Alegre a try using various brewing methods to see which style you would prefer at home. While it's only available at Catalina right now, Max Gonzalez, Amaya's owner and head roaster, has been working on building an online retail store that will be up at www.catalinacoffeeshop.com soon. Until then, we suggest picking up a 12-ounce bag of this Brazilian before it is gone for another season.
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.