Terroir and Technology Cerrado is unique among coffee-growing regions in that it has the altitude and weather patterns that make growing high-quality coffee possible, but the land is relatively flat. This flat land allows for a mechanized harvest, and application of the latest production practices and machinery. Together with the dry weather during and after harvest, these advantages make this region one of the few places in Brazil where high-quality, natural process coffee is produced. The resulting beans are sought after for their incredible sweetness, chocolate notes, citric acidity, and pleasant aftertaste. Download Fact Sheet
The Cerrado is the second largest biome in South America, and covers the largest part of Brazil's central region. It’s considered the richest savannah in the world, and is home to 5% of all of the world’s species.
Sunlight and Savannah Cerrado de Minas is part of Brazil’s vast savannah. The terrain here is flat, with a few gently rolling hills. Our Arabicas are grown above 1,000 meters ASL, where the summers are hot and wet, and the winters are cool and dry. Year-round sunlight makes this one of the few places where high-quality, naturally dried coffee is possible, and the process imparts the coffee with remarkable sensory characteristics.
Pioneers and Pioneering Techniques Coffee farmers began planting in Cerrado de Minas in the late 1970s, and brought an open-minded attitude with them. They are quick to embrace new techniques that will improve their process and yields, and are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve the quality of their beans. Farms are medium to large overall in the region—averaging about 44 hectares each—with a total of 4,500 farmers growing coffee on over 200,000 hectares.
The Art of Drying Naturally dried coffees are a hallmark of Cerrado. After cherries are mechanically harvested, separated, and washed, they are sun dried on patios. The drying process is a delicate art, requiring careful oversight. Beans are monitored and turned often to ensure even drying. When done correctly, the beans take on a beautiful green hue, and even more beautiful flavors.

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Individual Farmer Counseling
The farmers of Cerrado are incredibly skilled, and pride themselves on having a deep knowledge of their craft. Because they are already well-versed in modern coffee production practices, our local Farmer Support Organization (FSO) has focused their energies on individual counseling instead of large group trainings. The FSO works with each individual farmer to provide tailor-made solutions to any unique challenges they may be facing.
Denomination of Origin (D.O.) Status
Cerrado was the first coffee region in Brazil to receive a Denomination of Origin (D.O.) status. To receive a D.O. a coffee must be produced within a specific region, on land with a very specific soil, climate, and topography profile. Once those requirements are met, the resulting beans must have cupping attributes that match the profile established for the designation.
Café do Cerrado de Minas Translation: Cerrado de Minas Coffee Coffee HARVESTING JUNE-SEPT 2016 Rich and intense aroma with dry fruit notes, high sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, mild acidity with citric notes, full body, well balanced and pleasant aftertaste.
  • Flavor Intense, dark chocolate and dried fruit notes
  • Body Medium to full body
  • Acidity Mild with delicate citric notes
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84+
  • Quality: Brazil, Arabica, Cerrado de Minas, Natural, NY2, screen 16up
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the Cerrado de Minas community
  • Variety: Catuai, Mundo Novo
  • Processing: Natural, drying process sun drying on patios and/or mechanical driers.
  • Altitude: Over 1,000 meters ASL
  • Harvest: June to September
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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