Brazil Natural MTGB 2/3 SSFC is a large-lot Arabica that is sorted by defect and screen size. Medium-to-Good Bean size (MTGB) indicates 14 to 16 screen size. NY 2/3 references the Green Coffee Association of New York standard that assure no more than 8 to 12 visible defects in a 300-gram sample. Strictly Soft Fine Cup (SSFC) beans are grown below 1,200 masl and are free of hard "rioy" flavors. This workhorse coffee is well priced, versatile and consistent.
Brazil is the largest coffee-growing country in the world, responsible for 30 percent of the coffee grown worldwide, about 74 of which is Arabica. Brazilian coffee is grown on large plantations designed to facilitate efficient, mechanized processes. Due to the relatively flat landscape and high minimum wages, mechanical harvesting is prevalent. To be clear, mechanized picking is no longer synonymous with strip picking, and the use of harvesters is often combined with derriçadeira — handheld machines that can be manually aimed at more ripe areas of the tree. The result is a kind of mechanized selective picking that delivers high-quality Arabica coffee at scale.
Most Brazilian coffees are processed using natural and pulped-natural processes, meaning the coffee is dried with all or a large amount of fruit on the bean. This process imparts sweet, fruity notes and produces a creamy body. The result is a well-balanced, nutty, chocolatey profile with low citric acidity and a smooth body — a universally enjoyable cup that has become famous the world over.