Brazil – Engenho Da Serra
In Brazil there are about 27,000 square kilometres coffee plantations cover and about six billion trees. The states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná are the largest producers due to suitable landscapes, climate and rich soil. This particular coffee comes from Engenho Da Serra situated in the Cerrada Mineiro of Minas Gerais which is an area associated with high quality coffee. Fazenda Engenho da Serra is part of the Cerrado Mineiro Designation of Origin program. Coffees from the farm are all labeled with a seal of origin and quality, which indicates their full traceability and adherence to the standards of the Cerrado Coffee Growers Federation, which requires sustainable and equitable farming practices and evaluates each lot to ensure quality.
Fazenda Engenho Da Serra was first planted in the 1970s by José Humberto de Andrade who was one pf the pioneers of coffee in this region. The farm is now run mainly by Sandra Soeli de Andrade and her nephew Lucas Santos. They feel that it’s their altitude which provides hot sunny days and long cool nights that gives the coffee its unique profile of beautifully balanced flavour and body. Sanda and Lucas are very focused on maintaining the farm, ensuring they are renovating and regenerating different areas each year. This lot is a Red Catuai that is mechanically harvested. Once the coffee is picked it is sorted and then transferred to the patios where it dries for 7 – 10 days. After this the coffee is then left for 30 days to rest in its dry parchment before being milled and sorted.