Our directly traded Brazil lots have arrived from our partner farmers in Brazil and we could not be happier with the quality this year. We are tasting nutty cocoa, but at the same time a great fruit acidity. Overall this is a nice bodied, complex and satisfying lot. Best of all, we bought the whole lot this year for the first time!!
This is our first year we have worked with Celso Minussi, however he has a long relationship working along with our partner producers at Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza "FAF". The FAF, is a family run collective of a few farming families run by Marcos Croce and his two sons Daniel and Felipe. We have been working with them for a few years now, bringing their great coffee directly to Germany.
A few years back they started doing something radically different from most other Brazilian farmers in that they focused on micro lots and in particular monitoring and documenting the entire process from picking through drying. By doing this, they were able, though extensive cupping of their lots, to taste the difference between the variables of production variances.
In addition, what was revolutionary as far as we are concerned, is that they were able to keep their naturally processed coffee in a stable environment during drying. This allowed them to push the length of drying past 30 days, which is almost twice the amount of time that other producers dry their coffee in. By monitoring and adjusting the heat of the drying tables, with sunshades/wind tunnels, they can open the coffee up or close it down, all without any of the fermenting normally associated with this type of drying process.
The coffee is very clean and of the highest quality exported from Brazil. We are very happy to be working with such a great group of producers. At the Nordic Roasters Forum, this year, we spent a few days with Felipe of FAF in Sweden and he spoke about their direct trade model. You can watch the video here. NORDIC ROASTERS FORUM.
Celso Minussi along with Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza
Yellow Catuai Espresso - Naturaly processed on raised beds