||Brazil Cup of Excellence Lot 30: Fazenda do Brejinho Natural Mundo Novo 2016
||Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais
||Varietal: Mundo Novo
Located in a privileged area for coffee production, with fertile and high hills, Fazenda Brejinho rigorously controls all harvest and post-harvest processes with an eye toward producing specialty coffee. Quality is one of the farm’s primary concerns, and it's one with which they make great strides, as evidenced by their recent Cup of Excellence win! Owner Maria José Vilela Rezende Bernardes plans to continue to make her mark for many years to come.
Maria José’s love for the land was inherited from her father, who began planting coffee at the beginning of the 20th century. Although Fazenda do Brejinho has only been planted with coffee for the last 30 years, the farm itself has been in the family since 1780. Love and respect for the land runs deep, and a great commitment to quality coffee and sustainable growing practices is one way that the family honours this long tradition. All the work (including harvesting) is mechanised and done by trained workers under the constant and direct supervision of the farm owner. Drying is completed in the warm sun on the farm’s extensive patios.
Maria shares administration of the farm with her husband, Mr. Adelino Semboloni (owner of the COE-winning Fazenda dos Tachos), and their children; although they do not work directly on the property, they always have suggestions and new technologies to implement.
The property also participates in Fairtrade and is a member of the 4C Association. The farm has the Certifica Minas certification, which guarantees to the consumer that the property adheres to good agricultural practices at all stages of production and conforms to environmental and labour standards.
The beans are taken to the patio soon after they are harvested. They're then raked between 15 and 20 times per day using a specially-designed mechanical raker for better, more uniform drying of the beans. After reaching 11% humidity, the coffee is removed and then stored in wooden boxes, where it is rested for around 30 days in order to maintain good humidity and quality uniformity in the bean.
In the cup you'll find a great example of a classic Brazilian coffee, simply pumped up. Expect milk chocolate with a lovely walnut oil flavour and texture, and a hint of pear acidity and dried green apple peel. A real Brazilian Cup of Excellence.
Region: Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais
Farm: Fazenda do Brejinho
Owner: Maria José Vilela Rezende Bernardes
Varietal: Mundo Novo
Altitude: 1,100–1,200 metres above sea level
Total area: 19 hectares (47 acres)
Area planted with coffee: 15 hectares (37 acres)
Total size of farm: 205 hectares
Area under coffee: 42 hectares
Medium-to-medium-dark – start of second crack on the drop
"Quick Look" Guide
Milk chocolate, walnut oil, pear, dried apple.
Note: The cupping scores for Flavour and Balance are both 6.5, not as shown above (System software does not permit fractions)
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