The Cup: Sweet and clean with tart citric acidity, praline, and pecan flavors.
Fazenda Cachoeira de Grama is owned by the Carvalho family and managed (along with 48 other area farms) by our export partner Bourbon Specialty. The farm is located in Vale de Grama, which is home to some of Brazil’s most “elite” coffee farms, and is an incredibly beautiful region, with rolling hills surrounding the coffee land. It’s is a 411-hectare plot with about 100 hectares planted in coffee; they also grow eucalyptus nearby. There are 27 full-time and about 40 seasonal employees tending to the Catuai and Yellow Bourbon trees planted here, the oldest of which dates back to 1956! The farm has an on-site school for all employees’ families to use, and there are about 300 children who take advantage of the services. The school is jointly funded by the Brazilian government and the farmers in the area.
Brazilian Naturals are picked either selectively by hand or strip-picked by hand or mechanically for more commercial quality. They are then typically spread to dry on patios or, in the production of some specialty coffees, dried on raised beds. Drying can take 20–25 days, depending on the weather.
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