Cupping Notes: Vanilla, Hard Molasses, Spices, Floral, Red Fruit, Citrus Fruits, White Fruits, Winey, Malt, Olive Oil, Herbal, Mint, Pepper Mint
This is a first place coffee coming to you from Serras de Minas area of Brazil.
Scoring 90.00 Points
Altitude: 1000-1100 MASL
Varieties: Red Catuai
How was this coffee produced?
1. Harvest - The harvest of this coffee was a selective manual process
2. Method - The cherries were prepared using the methods of a black honey
3. Processing - This coffee was processed all natural
4. Drying - The coffee was dried in a thick layer on an African bed
My name is Silmara Emerick. My farm is located in Alto Jequitibá Minas Gerais (Caparaó region). My relationship with coffee started very early, as I am the daughter and granddaughter of coffee producers, thus being the fourth generation in coffee. It was in 2001 that I started to take care of my own coffee plantation, I inherited a little piece of coffee from my parents and soon after I got married I went to take care of that land. We only produced commodity coffees, but in 2019, with an uncle's encouragement, we decided to try to make special coffee, and it was from there that we discovered great potential in the coffees we had here on our farm. and that motivated us to want to continue producing specialty coffees. At the beginning, when we were starting in the specialty coffee business, many people thought that we couldn't get anywhere, and today I can say that I feel accomplished, because I know that I can produce coffees with great quality potential. The specialty coffee gave me hope and desire to continue living here with my family and producing these rare gems. I am eternally grateful to my family, who have always supported and helped me, and to my uncle for helping me see the world I didn't know about coffee.
Among the mountainous regions of Espírito Santo, the Serra do Caparaó stands out, in the southwest of the State, which also extends to part of the State of Minas Gerais. There, coffee is the main product of family farmers. The social function of land stands out, which is structured in three characteristics: work, management and ownership, all linked to the family.
The expansion of coffee plantations in Espírito Santo contributed to the interiorization of land occupation in the Province from the second half of the 19th century onwards. Proving to be more dynamic in the south, the coffee economy shifted the province's economic hub to that region, belonging to Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, the main economic region and center of population attraction in that period.
Farmers in the Caparaó region have a typical profile of family farming, with family involvement in production processes and social organizations, with coffee growing as the main agent in income composition.
The Caparaó region, comprising all 16 municipalities that make up the Caparaó Denomination of Origin for Coffee, has coffee growing as its main rural economic activity, which occupies an area of 85,391 ha, with a production of 115,447 t, which corresponds to 2,590,783 bags of 60 kg. Natural factors (climate, relief, altitude, soil, including the direct and indirect influence of the Caparaó National Park) and human/cultural factors (regional identity, family farming, characteristic way of working in coffee growing) directly influence production in the region do Caparaó, which reflects on the differentiated quality of the coffees.
The development of the municipalities in the region is due to the combination of factors that are directly linked to the local productive activity, which are aligned with the social, cultural, historical and institutional characteristics of this region and, mainly, due to the identity of being a region formed by productive units in land with a steep slope and be made up of family-based farmers, with thousands of properties having up to 5 hectares.
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