A Plateau in the Caatinga Planalto da Bahia is a large plateau in the middle of the arid caatinga. Though the surrounding region is the driest in the country, the altitude of the plateau creates a unique microclimate that is ideal for the production of specialty coffee. This is the only region that produces fully washed coffee that undergoes tank fermentation on a commercial scale. This process, along with the unique terroir, combine to create a coffee that's full of character with well-balanced attributes. Delicate floral aromas, high sweetness with dry fruit notes, citrus acidity, and a velvety body are signatures of coffee from this region. Download Fact Sheet
To the south of Planalto, you can visit the coastline where the Portuguese first landed. Today, the region is full of beautiful national parks, including part of the remaining Mata Atlântica, the spectacular native tropical forest that once covered the entire coastline of Brazil.
South America Meets Switzerland The cool, rainy weather of the Planalto has earned it the nickname "Swiss Bahia." The weather patterns lead to multiple flowerings for the coffee trees, and this staggered maturation necessitates multiple, selective harvests. Though it's far more work to harvest coffee this way, the cherries that are gathered are uniformly ripe, and the quality is outstanding.
Harmony in Cultivation and Conservation The Planalto is home to 41,000 hectares of coffee farms, as well as one of Brazil's most famous national parks, the Chapada Diamantina. Coffee flourishes on the slopes that border the park, and you can find farms of all sizes on the hillsides and plains of the region.
Sun Dried, Rain or Shine The harvest is manual in the Planalto—the weather can be fickle and multiple flowerings necessitate a manual harvest. After the painstaking labor of harvest is complete, parchment is fermented, and then the drying process begins. If the weather is fair, beans are dried locally on patios or in greenhouses. But in rainy weather, farmers may drive up to 40 km to sun dry their parchment on the sandy soils of the desert below the plateau.

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Chapada Diamantina National Park
Chapada Diamantina National Park is one of the most famous eco-tourism destinations in Brazil. The park has 152,000 hectares under permanent conservation and has been protected by law since 1985. This paradise is home to a complex ecosystem, and rich biodiversity, including big mammals like jaguars. The landscape of the park is equally impressive, with canyons, deep valleys, caves, waterfalls, streams, and springs that feed important rivers that serve millions of inhabitants.
Early Exports to Europe
If you have the privilege to visit the Port of Santos in Brazil, you might want to stop by the Museum of Coffee (museudocafe.org), which contains amazing facts and relics about the long history of coffee in this important Origin.

Looking around you will undoubtedly come across images of men carrying incredible amounts of coffee on their shoulders. Each bag is 60-70kgs and some men claimed they could carry as much as 300kg. That's more than 600lbs! Even more amazing is that we still commercialize coffee in bags like this. For large size trading, the centuries-old tradition remains an effective way to move coffee around the world. For the small roaster, however, it is clear that someone at some point had to do something about this bag! In our efforts to reengineer the supply chain we designed a 65b box that's easier to pack, ship, move, and store. And best of all, the best of Origin is sealed inside.
Café fully washed do Planalto da Bahia Translation: Fully Washed Coffee from Planalto da Bahia Coffee HARVESTING JULY-NOV 2016 An intense aroma with sweet and delicate floral notes, high sweetness with dried fruit notes, citrus acidity, buttery body with walnuts notes and a long and pleasant aftertaste.
  • Flavor Complex, honey-like, citrus with fruity notes
  • Body Medium body
  • Acidity Mild with citric notes
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84+
  • Quality: Brazil, Arabica, Washed, NY 2, screen 16up
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the Planalto da Bahia community
  • Variety: Catuaí, Catucaí and Acauã
  • Processing: Washed and fully washed, drying process; sundried on patios or at caatinga, greenhouses or bed patios.
  • Altitude: 900 to 1,250 meters ASL
  • Harvest: July to November
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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