Fazenda Sempre Firme

by Szántó Tibor
Info Details
Country Hungary   
Type Semi-Dark   (70%)
Strain Amelonado   (Parasinho)
Source Brazil   (Bahia; Mata Atlântica; Fazenda Sempre Firme)
Flavor Twang   
Style retro-American      
Praying for waves this summer? Have faith & catch this: the Catholic Church is considering a surfer for sainthood.

Guido Schäffer -- the would-be patron saint of foam-vibes, a Brazilian surfin’ seminarian who at 34, & near ordination, drowned in ’09 on a 6’-6” rounded pintail board inscribed with a Bible verse from Matthew 7:14 on the stringer (the strip of wood that runs down the center of the board): Small is the gate & narrow the way that leads to life; only a few find it”.

Guido used to say “Jesus is our wave”. Makes perfect sense seeing how he who walked on water was, after all, the 1st documented surfer.

“For him, surfing was a mystical experience, like prayer. He felt the presence of God in the sea,” said the Rev. Jorge Neves, who mentored Mr. Schäffer at Our Lady of Peace Church. For every wave reveals a truth.

The handsome one has gone on to become a posthumous fertility icon. Many women affirm that praying to the ‘Surfer Angel’ helped them become pregnant! Talk about fucking power & the cycle of life, death & re-birth.

This bar rides in on a wood plank over some undulating sweet tarts of a rather confined wave. Ahh, Matthew 7:14 again.
Appearance   4.3 / 5
Color: off-rouge
Surface: well pressed & printed
Temper: matte
Snap: stronger than it appears
Aroma   8 / 10
tart 'n tang rooted in soil
Mouthfeel   11.9 / 15
Texture: minutely granular
Melt: stretches out
Flavor   44.8 / 50
perfect tandem of chocolate base & kind fruit overlay -> bumps up citrus (pitanga, first recorded years ago on these pages with respect to Brazil covering Amma's 85% from nearby) -> grows more feral as chocolate drops away in favor of açai, cambuca, capuaçu -> passionfruit / camu camu -> winds down on a, get this, juniper-rye (almost the self-same tag as Soma's Bahia / Parasinho), then cedar
Quality   17.2 / 20
Vibrant & popping.

Sourced from Bertil Åkesson's acreage in the Mata Atlântica, Brazil where he transports all his post-harvest savoir-faire gained over the course of generations doing the same in Madagascar. And the results show.

This bar virtually dripping of the cacáo ferment.

And Szántó Tibor handles it accordingly: a deeper massage than his wont, though by the end it tips over… imbalanced acidulously. In this last respect, it washes away but cannot wipeout the memory of all the good work which precedes it.

Reviewed July 20, 2015


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