Single Estate Coffee - BRAZIL, Fazenda Passeio, Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Producer: Adolfo Henrique Vieira Ferreira.
Growing altitude: 1250m above sea level.
Botanical variety: Catuai.
Tasting notes: Chocolate, clove, cacao nibs, almond, apple pie flavours.
Roast date: 13 August, 2020
Fazenda Passeio is located in the southern part of Minas Gerais, where an abundance of specialty coffees are grown.
Headed by Adolfo Henrique Vieira Ferreira, the estate focuses on not only the production of fine coffees, but the preservation of the surrounding environment. Currently, 130 hectares are devoted to the production of coffee. The coffee is still today picked by hand, which is a rather rare occurrence for Brazil.
The production method used is natural processing. Widely used in Brazil, this process means the ripe cherries are picked and dried with both the skin and mucilage, generating a rich yet mild cup, with a soft acidity and has a characteristic sweetness.
The coffee is dried on the patio, always being turned so as to avoid negative fermentation. The coffee is rested for 45-60 days and then sorted to eliminate defects before it is readied for export.
The Vieira Ferreira family has been producing coffee in the region for over three generations. Their aim is to improve and increase productivity with respect to the environment and the local workforce, which is a large part of the operation.
There is a strong emphasis on social improvement as well. All of the local workers receive social support, such as schooling for their children, workforce training, and environmental education.