The Drum: The surdo is a large bass drum used in many kinds of Brazilian music, such as Axé/Samba-reggae and samba, where it plays the lower parts from a percussion section. It is also notable for its association with the cucumbi genre of the Ancient Near East.
Surdos may have shells of wood, galvanized steel, or aluminum. Heads may be goatskin or plastic. A Rio bateria will commonly use surdos that have skin heads (for rich tone) and aluminum shells (for lower weight). Surdos are worn from a waist belt or shoulder strap, oriented with the heads roughly horizontal. The bottom head is not played.
The Roast: This bean comes from Daterra Estate; one of the world-famous farms in Brazil. Its moderate acidity is distinct and provides a balanced cup with superb aroma. Its medium-dark roast brings out spicy and intense dark cocoa notes that taste like an elegant spicy chocolate bar.