Bela Vista's darker roast brings out the inherent flavor of the coffee bean to satisfy your espresso craving. This coffee is especially suited for making espresso (using a finer grind) but can also be used for a more intense drip coffee (using a medium grind).
Espresso originated in Italy in the 1900s. It was produced as a result of expressing piping hot water through finely ground coffee. The term 'espresso' has the same root as the Italian word 'esprimere' which means to express.
The beans in Boarding Pass's Bela Vista espresso roast comes from Brazil, which has a heavy Italian influence. Bela Vista is one of the most traditional Italian neighborhoods in Sao Paulo. See below to learn more about the Bela Vista neighborhood.
Flavor notes: Nuts, apple, chocolate
ABOUT THE BELA VISTA NEIGHBORHOOD IN SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Much like the United States, Brazil is a country built by immigrants. Starting in the late 1800s, the population of Sao Paulo expanded a hundredfold by the 1950s, due largely to mass immigration. Almost half of these immigrants came from Italy during the time period of 1887-1900.
Similar to my great-grandfather’s tale of arriving from Naples with less than $5 in his pocket and no onward ticket beyond New York, large populations came over in disease-ridden ships and landed at the port of Santos with the hope of work at the large coffee plantations but no real plans or means to set themselves up. Again, paralleling Ellis Island, a large hostel (now the excellent Immigration Museum) was setup to house the immigrants as the procured work from employers who came to select workers. Not surprisingly, these conditions were cramped and overcrowded, at times far exceeding the 4000 person capacity to more like 10,000 immigrations/prospective workers.
Brazil was in need of plantation workers and the government recognized this, and did everything in its power to direct the Italian immigrants to plantations instead of going directly to the nearby city of Sao Paulo. There were work contracts to enforce this, and the government even provided translators to assist with the contracts. Signing a work contract committing yourself to working on a plantation was the only real way to get out of the hostel.
But, the Italians were seeking a better life and opportunity. Before long, they ditched their plantations jobs and made their way into the city. They congregated in a part of the city called Bela Vista (translation: Beautiful View). In Bela Vista, the Italians were able to build a sense of community including their traditional food and drink from the Old World.