- ORIGIN: Brazil
- REGION: Valle da Grama
- FARM: Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama
- VARIETY: Bourbon
- ALTITUDE: 1100–1250m
- PROCESS: Natural (Sun Dried)
- ROAST: Medium
The new 2017-18 crop has arrived. We roast this coffee to present a rich candied fruit sweetness in the cup, and a dry cocoa finish due to the natural (sun dried) processing. Being such a sweet and balanced coffee, it is suitable for all methods of preparation including making a great single origin espresso.
Our customers have been asking for this coffee ever since we ran out last year, so we are very pleased to have brought it back. And this crop is even more complex than last year's.
Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has been in the Carvalho Dias family since 1890. Some of the original Bourbon varietal trees are as much as 107 years old. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias, son of the owner, Lindolpho de Carvalho Dias is responsible for the property's management. It is located 3 miles from Minas Gerais state line and has characteristics from the mountainous areas of Mogiana and from Sul de Minas.
On this farm everything is done manually, which includes coffee plantation handling and harvest, since its topography does not allow any kind of mechanization. Social and environmental sustainability is considered very important in the farm management. Lindolpho de Carvalho Dias developed a program of planting native species to keep a better ecological balance.
The farm has a school, a club and an official size soccer field for the employees benefit. There are 47 houses for the employees and their families, all with modern facilities. The waste water is treated to avoid polluting the stream that runs across the farm. The farm has a small hydroelectric plant and only buys energy during the peak harvest.