||Brazil Fazenda Sertãozinho - José Renato Gonçalves Dias Cup of Excellence 2010
Fazenda Sertãozinho is in a mountainous region in the southern part of Minas Gerais, at an altitude of 1,200 meters, with an average annual temperature of 19ºC and annual average rainfall of 1,600 mm.
The farm's geographical conditions and excellent climate contribute to a microclimate that is favorable to produce specialty coffees. The farm has 300 hectares of protected tropical forest with hundred-year-old trees. Water resources are also protected, with careful maintenance of the forest bordering streams.
The Jequitibá Rosa tree (Cariniana legalis) is the symbol of Fazenda Sertãozinho. An imposing example of its species, it is 40 metres tall and is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. It can be seen on one of the hills that surround the farm.
The property is managed by agronomist José Renato Gonçalves Dias. The oldest field was planted in 1948 and continues to produce. Organic fertilizers compounded on the farm are used to maintain balanced nutrition for the plants. The objective is to preserve the microbiological life of the soils, which are very fertile.
A total of 160 regular employees work on the farm. They receive health care and hospital coverage with no limitations. The farm invests in the training and professional improvement of its employees. Their children are enrolled in a school on the property.
I was lucky enough to catch a visit to this farm on the last day of my trip in November. I didn't know I was going to be able to get some of this coffee but was super excited when I was at the auction. Jose and his wife run an amazing farm, with processing, huge drying patios, school health care and the most amazing roastery I have ever visited, which supplys the local market.
In the cup it is super, super sweet, with a lovely nutty mid-palate, the acidity is very much summer fruits of peach, apricot, with a long chocolate finish. As complex as they come.
Farm: Fazenda Sertãozinho
Farmer: Fazenda Sertãozinho Ltda
Region: Minas Gerias
Farm Size: 1,300.00 Hectares
Coffee growing area: 400.00 Hectares
Altitude: 1150 masl
Variety: Yellow Bourbon
Processing System: Pulped Natural
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