BRAZIL, ENGENHO DA SERRA

Plum and raisin with a sweet milk chocolate and hazelnut cream body

Coffee plantations cover about 27,000 square kilometres of the country and of the approximately six billion trees, around 74% are arabica and 26% robusta. The states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná are the largest producers due to suitable landscapes, climate and rich soil. Most plantationsare harvested in the dry months of May to July. This coffee come from Engenho Da Serra situated in the Cerrada Mineiro of Minas Gerais which is an area associated with high quality coffee where the coffees must be specialty (80+ points) arabica grown above 800 masl and within the region to be part of the Designation or Origin this region has achieved.

The farm was first planted in the 1970s by José Humberto de Andrade who was one pf the pioneers of coffee in this region. The farm is now run mainly by Sanda ad her nephew Lucas Santos. They feel that their altitude give the hot sunny days and long cool nights that give the coffee its unique profile balancing flavour and body. They are very focused on maintaining the farm ensuring they are renovating and regenerating areas each year.This lot is a Red Catuai that is harvested between July – September and is mechanically picked. Once the coffee is picked it is sorted and then transferred to the patios where it dries for 7 – 10 days. After this the coffee is then left for 30 days to rest in the dry parchment before it can then be milled and sorted for export.

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