Taste: Milk chocolate, Toffee, Raisin
Process: Pulped natural and sun dried on patios
Region: Alfenas, Minas Gerrais
Altitude: 1100 - 1200 masl
Producer: Adolfo Ferreira
We met with Adolfo in November 2019 at the amazing Fazenda Passeio and it's easily one of our favourite fazendas that we visited during our latest sourcing trip in Brazil. The care and attention for the coffee is out of this world and that shows in the quality and the taste! Beautiful set up, beautiful people, beautiful coffee!
Fazenda Passeio is located in prime specialty coffee country in the heart of Sul de Minas. The farm’s 130 hectares of plantations lie between 1,100 and 1,200 metres above sea level, in a mountainous area with excellent soil fertility and regular rains. The Ferreira family has specialized in coffee production for three generations and is now headed by Adolfo Vieira Ferreira, whose attention to detail and commitment to producing top class specialty coffee is second to none. 12 families live on the farm all year round and guarantee the high quality of the production. Due to the farms hilly terrain, most of the processes are done by hand - from soil preparation for planting, to hand picking of the ripe cherries. In return, the farm looks after its workers - permanent workers and their families live on site, and are provided with schooling for their children, professional training, and environmental education.
The farm also takes environmental sustainability seriously and abides by all Brazilian environmental protection laws. Its native forests are set aside as protected reserves and are often visited by tourists, school children and ecologists. The farm also regularly plants new trees, particularly around its water sources, in order to maintain the local ecosystem.
Passeio’s coffee is harvested only when the cherries reach an advanced stage of ripeness, to avoid processing green beans. All the cherries are hand picked and then natural lots are immediately dried in the sun on the farm’s extensive patios with the cherry still attached, typically producing a fruitier, wilder cup. The coffee is then kept in parchment in wooden resting bins for a minimum of 60 days before the final dry milling and sorted immediately prior to export.
The farm cultivates several different coffee varietals - including Mundo Novo, Catuaí, Acaiá, Icatú, and Bourbon. This particular coffee is a 100% Bourbon, which is harvested and processed separately from other lots to maintain its own distinct characteristics.
All our coffees are roasted and packed in foil-lined bags at our roastery in Penryn, Cornwall.
We roast, hand-pack and ship all orders on Monday and Thursday, including Smält Hot Chocolates, merchandise and hardware items.
UK SHIPPING CHARGES
Royal Mail First Class - £3.00
Royal Mail Signed For delivery is available for £4.00
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