BRAZIL – CAPADOCIA
Region: Sul de Minas
Producer: Augusto Borges Ferreira and Patricia Fernanda Silveira
Altitude: 1100 – 1300 masl
Coffee varieties: Mundo Novo
Drying: Dried on paved terraces
Cupping notes: Chocolate, Praline, Cherry
Cupping score: 86.00
Augusto and Patricia’s farm is in the South of Minas Gerais. Sul de Minas is a well-known area in Brazil for coffee production and accounts for approximately 30% of Brazil’s production.
The farm covers 7 hectares in total, 4 of which are currently used for coffee production, and the farm is situated between 1100 and 1300 meters above sea level. They grow Yellow and Red Catuai, Yellow Catucai and Mundo Novo and produce Natural coffee only. The total production is currently 150 bags.
The cherries are harvested by hand and “naturally processed”. Normally this process gives you the perception of a sweeter coffee, this is because through fermentation microbes create compounds called esters that are absorbed by the seed. These esters survive the roasting process and are precursors to aromas that are created in the caramelization process of roasting, this makes the coffee seem sweeter. The coffees are picked when evenly ripe, and hand sorted for over and under ripe cherries before dried on patio. They continue picking out all the defected coffee cherries they can find during this period.
Augusto believes that the only way forward for Brazilian coffee producers is to focus on specialty, and he is prepared to go to great lengths to do so in his own farm.