It had been too long since I had my Peixoto (pronounced pay-sho-tow) fix. So when I was in need of some coffee, it was a safe bet to call on the fine people down in Chandler, AZ to deliver an excellent bean. Plus, the last batch I drank I didn’t even have the common courtesy to review- I just drank it all away. Terrible of me, I know. I ordered this naturally processed Costa Rica Las Lajas before Peixoto redesigned their coffee bean bags, so I’ll be reviewing the old style that no longer exists. Their new stuff is prettier, so if you order you’ll be able to enjoy that.
The packaging. Peixoto used a black stand up bag with a pocket zipper and off-gassing valve to keep access to their beans fresh and convenient. It was a plain black bag with a sticker, but still very clean and nice to look at. The package arrived in a USPS bubble envelope to protect the contents inside. I dislike the use of generic packaging, though I’ve used it myself to save money. What sets Peixoto’s use of it apart, is that they pay for the shipping. What you buy the beans in the store for is what you buy the beans online for. So if they’re handling shipping because you live too far away to come into the store and enjoy their absolutely incredible in-person service, that’s okay by me. I still think branding could be taken up a notch in their packaging, but for now- it gets the beans from Point A to Point B.
The coffee. Peixoto is a ‘crop-to-cup’ farming and roasting coffee producer. They’re family owned and their farm is in Brazil. I’ve had ‘their’ beans and they’re very tasty. This bean was not from their farm. But it was still excellent. Peixoto provided the following flavor notes: “Sweet and complex, this coffee is bursting with prominant, yet clean fruit flavors. With a blueberry aroma, pineapple acidity, and dried-cherry finish, this coffee will leave you smiling.” I can attest to more pineapple and dried-cherry than blueberry. I’ve tasted this coffee as a pour-over from the Hario V-60 and as a hand-pulled espresso shot from the Staresso. I never quite got the strong ‘blueberries to the face’ flavor I was looking for. But it’s still an absolutely exceptional cup, bursting with flavors, just like they claim.
The conclusion. My bag was 10 ounces at $18.95. Since then, they’ve changed bags and now have 12 ounce offerings at $21.95. It’s still a great deal, and your bag will be much prettier than mine was. It will probably be a few months before I order again, just because there are more coffees I’m planning to review out there. If you order from them before I do, would you please let me know if the coffee showed up in a branded box? Since my order, I saw some pictures on their site that led me to believe this might be the case. Their redesign may have included branded mailers as well as new bags. I can’t think of a better company I love to support than Peixoto. And if you’re ever in Chandler, Arizona, make sure you stop by and see them. You will not be disappointed.