- COUNTRY: Brazil
- REGION: Cerrado Mineiro
- FARM: Fazenda Cachoeira, Danilo Barbosa
- VARIETY: Yellow Catuaì
- ALTITUDE: 1250 Masl
- PROCESS: Natural
- ROAST: Light - Medium
Flavour Notes: Cacao Nibs, Berries, and a fermented sugary sweetness akin to Rum
This naturally fermented coffee comes to us from the Anahi lot of the Cachoeira Farm by way of Danilo Barbosa of DBarbosa Coffee. The family-run business is in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, within the Cerrado, a vast region of tropical savannah increasingly known for its coffee production.
Peaberry coffee is a naturally occurring mutation present in coffee varieties where only one bean is present inside of the coffee cherry instead of two (approx 5-10% will be peaberry). Farmers will then sift out the peaberry coffee beans and package them separately.
Danilo Barbosa is the fourth generation of a coffee family who started farming in 1930. Now, he works with the fifth: his sons Vítor Marcelo and Sérgio Ricardo.
Cerrado Mineiro is a large region in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. According to The Cerrado Coffee Growers Federation, it is made up of 55 counties, 210,000 hectares of coffee farms, and 4,5000 producers. It has an average production of 5 million bags every year – a quarter of Minas Gerais’ output, and 12.7% of Brazil’s.
It is also the first region in Brazil to receive protected Designation of Origin status, meaning coffee labelled “Cerrado” has to actually come from Cerrado (similar to the rules protecting Spanish ham or Champagne).