Region: Mantiqueira de Minas
Producer: Maria de Fátima Silva Marques da Fonseca
Altitude: 1100 – 1300 masl.
Coffee varieties: Yellow Bourbon
Process: Pulped Natural
Cupping notes: Chocolate, Almond, Apple
Cupping score: 85.00
Bota Fora has remained in the same family for over 100 years. Since Francisco Teóphilo Reis Neto bought the land and the fazenda in 1900, ownership has passed through four generations of family. The current owner and manager, Maria de Fátima Silva Marques da Fonseca, is the latest in the family to care for the land.
The farm can count on many years of expertise in quality production. Bota Fora has five permanent workers who have been working on the property for the last twenty years. For technical support, they can rely on the COCARIVE cooperative and Emater MG (a governmental organisation that provides assistance to farmers in Minas Gerais). These skilled teams of agronomists advise on the best planting techniques, cultivation systems, drying and conservation methods, the newest coffee processing machines and more.
After picking, the cherries pass through colour-sorting machines to separate the mature cherries from the immature ones. The cherries are loaded into the de-pulping machine in lots according to quality. Once removed from their mucilage, the coffee beans are laid to dry on a cement drying patio. Here they are dried to a moisture level of 12%.