A History of Coffee Coffee has been grown in Sul de Minas, in the southern part of Minas Gerais, for generations. Beautiful coffee plantations blanket the region, and visiting the area is like stepping back into coffee history. This is the most diverse and important coffee-producing region within Brazil, and washed coffees from here are known for their complex and intense aroma, light acidity and sweet flavors. Download Fact Sheet
Coffee is an integral part of Brazil's national identity, dating back to when Brazil was still a Portuguese colony. In 1727, the first Coffea Arabica seedlings were "smuggled" from French Guyana and cultivated where Pará state is today, in the northern part of the country. From there the "green gold" began its long journey through the country; bringing prosperity and development to the communities it touched.
Rugged Terrain, Rich Flavors Sul de Minas is a steeply mountainous area. Rugged slopes and valleys create a breathtaking backdrop for local coffee plantations, and myriad microclimates. With altitudes ranging from 750 to 1,350 meters ASL, there are many areas that are ideal for the production of high quality Arabicas.
Artisanal Mountain Farms The rugged terrain in Sul de Minas makes it necessary to farm coffee by hand in most of the region. You can find farms at altitudes from 750 to 1,350 meters ASL, in a variety of microclimates. Though individual farms in the area are small, together they combine to cover 600,000 hectares, and make this one of Brazil's most important specialty coffee regions.
Hand-harvested and Sun-Dried After cherries are selectively picked, sorted, and washed, they are mechanically de-pulped. The beans are then taken to patios where they are sun dried by a skilled farmer. Parchment layers are kept thin during the first hours so that water can evaporate quickly, and fermentation is prevented. Then the drying process must be slowed to preserve the subtle qualities of the beans. Finally, beans are finished in a mechanical dryer, before resting, packing, and shipping.

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Connecting Rural Children to the World
We're helping children in farming communities discover their world through a program called Children of Coffee at School. We partner with an association of coffee exporters to identify rural communities in need, then work with the local government to build digital labs for schools. To date, we've built 135 labs equipped with flat screen TVs, software, internet connections, and ongoing technical support and maintenance. These digital labs bring untold opportunities for local children and their families.
Recognizing Outstanding Quality
We partner with a roaster to hold an annual coffee competition that is much loved in the region. Around 80 mini and small farmers compete each year for the opportunity to have their coffee recognized as the best in the region. The competition has fostered community pride, and inspired many small farmers to work closely with our Farmer Support Organization (FSO) to implement quality improvement practices.
Café Cereja Descascada do Sul de Minas Translation: South of Minas Washed Coffee Coffee HARVESTING JUNE-SEPT 2016 Delicate aroma with red fruit notes, light body, high sweetness with fruity and winey notes, medium acidity with citric notes, good balance and a long and pleasant end.
  • Flavor Intense, fruity, berry-like, high sweetness, winey
  • Body Medium
  • Acidity Medium to high with citric notes
  • 1 - Fragrance/Aroma
  • 2 - Flavor
  • 3 - Acidity
  • 4 - Balance
  • 5 - Body
  • 6 - Aftertaste
  • 7 - Overall
  • Cupping Score: 84+
  • Quality: Brazil, Arabica, NY2, Washed, Screen 16up
  • Producer: Carefully selected farms from the Sul de Minas community
  • Variety: Mundo Novo, Catuai, Topazio
  • Processing: Washed; sun dried on patios and/or mechanical driers
  • Altitude: Farms located above 1,100 meters ASL
  • Harvest: June to September
  • Packing: 65lb box  What’s this?
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