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Have you ever heard the sound of a cavaquinho when the moon hits the sky? Dense and round, with notes of banana and pineapple, like the Brazilian flora which delivers its graceful beans.
“Sitio São José” is the farm owned by Amauri Dias De Castro, located in the Serra da Mantiqueira region, southern Minas Gerais. Mantiqueira de Minas is a hilly region, reknowned for its many distinct microclimates, generating an interesting range of flavour nuances all across the mountain range. The area around the city of Jesuânia gets a favourable amount of rainfall between 1600 and 1800mm on average. With a stable, mild temperature of 18°C the cherries mature rather slowly, getting boosted with fruit sugars while they develop.
With a century of experience in producing quality coffees, the Mantiqueira de Minas region is currently one of the best awarded regions in Brazil. All lots in the top five of the last Brazil naturals Cup of Excellence program were grown in this area! In 2011, Mantiqueira de Minas received Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) for its tradition and worldwide reputation for producing high quality coffees and in 2013, Amauri Dias De Castro reached the second place at the 2013 Brazil natural Cup of Excellence competition!After harvesting, the cherries are laid to dry on Sitio São José’s patio where they are raked over every thirty minutes to prevent bad fermentation or over-drying of the cherries on top. Once at the desired moisture level of 12%, the dried cherry husks are removed from the parchment coffee, which is then brought to the COCARIVE warehouses. COCARIVE is a well-known cooperative in Brazil and a preferred partner by Alliance for Coffee Excellence in times of Cup of Excellence competitions in the country. Next to that, the cooperative gives support to its members in all steps of the production chain, with guidance on cultivation, machinery, storage, grading, commercialization and export of the beans.
BRAZIL, MANTIQUEIRA DE MINAS
AMAURI DIAS DE CASTRO
DENSE & ROUND
BANANA & PINEAPPLE
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