||Brazil Fazenda Monte Alegre Fully Washed 2011-2012
||Sul de Minas Gerais
||Varietal: Acaia, Bourbon, Catucai, Mundo Novo
Acquired by the Vieira Family in 1917, Monte Alegre Estate is located in the south of Minas Gerais in an area known for the high quality of its coffees. The right combination of latitude (22°S) and altitude create the well-defined seasons typical of mountain climates - the ideal conditions to grow superb specialty coffees.
This HUGE estate contains some seven million coffee trees of the Mundo Novo, Catuaí, Acaiá and Bourbon varieties, with an average annual production of around 100,000 bags. Monte Alegre is also a haven for wildlife, with 8,525 acres (3,450 ha) of untouched native forest, an area that far exceeds the area planted with coffee. Another 2,424 acres (981 ha) are covered by protected wet lands, preservation strips along water bodies, and reforested areas.
Most of the coffee beans are hand picked, sun dried, and further processed on the farm in three cherry processing and drying centres and one export preparation facility.
The estate produces natural (60%), pulped natural (10%), and fully washed (30%). This coffee's fully washed.
The washed coffees are processed in the traditional way, with full wet fermentation in clear mountain water.
The estate processes and exports its own coffees. Dry coffee is stored in wooden lined silos to be hulled shortly before shipment. Size screening, density separation and colour sorting are all carried out on the farm. Dry cherry and parchment coffee are stored in 44 wooden silos in mild temperatures and low air moisture. Coffee is only hulled and further processed immediately before shipment.
Monte Alegre is a fully sustainable business that employs an average of 750 people, 35% of whom live on the farm. The work force has full medical assistance, with a resident doctor, nurse, and safety engineer. All families living on the farm have electricity, running water, school for young children, and free transport for older children to attend school in town. All employees have access to on-farm playgrounds and sports facilities, freedom to join labour unions and all of the civil rights enjoyed by urban workers. Personal protection equipment is provided to all workers performing risky tasks.
Monte Alegre pays wages above the regional average. On-the-job training is permanent for workers at all levels. The estate is a fully sustainable business in all aspects: environmental, social, and economic. Concern for sustainability and coffee quality pervade all activities from farming to trading.
All of this is great, but in the cup you can expect lovely nutty chocolate with a red fruit (strawberries/cherry and raspberry). All in all, a delicious coffee that's as super an espresso as it is a filter.
Farm: Fazenda Monte Alegre
Varietal: Acaiá Bourbon Catucaí Mundo Novo
Processing: Fully Washed
Altitude: 900 to 1,200m
Owner: José Francisco Pereira
Region: Sul de Minas Gerais
Medium to medium dark roast. My preference is just into second crack, first few pops then drop.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Chocolate, big body, red fruit, nutty.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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