Origin Information

Grower
Paulo Teixeira Giordani | Fazenda Santa Clara
Variety
Yellow Bourbon
Region
Mantiqueira Region, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Harvest
April - September
Altitude
960 - 1100 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Pulped natural and dried in the sun and mechanical driers
Certifications
Fair Trade

Background Details

From the volumes of coffee flowing out of Minas Gerais (the largest of the three major Brazilian growing regions), we have plucked a special treat traceable to a single estate located near the city of Andradas in the protected origin of Mantiqueira de Minas region, known for its rolling hills and uneven terrain. The 220-acre estate called Fazenda Santa Clara has been in the Basso family since the 1930s, when they immigrated from Italy and first planted grapes on the estate. Along the way the estate was converted to coffee cultivation. Since then, Fazenda Santa Clara has consistently established itself as a go-to source of Brazilian specialty coffee where focus on farm management has made the estate a symbol of the organic movement in the region. Much of the credit goes to the leadership of Paulo Teixeira Giordani who draws his passion for coffee all the way back to his great grandparents. As a trained agronomist, Paulo has matched his inherited family passion with academic knowledge, creating biodiverse environments full of microorganisms and beneficial cover crops that support a healthy coffee crop. During the harvest coffee cherries from this yellow bourbon variety are sorted and floated to remove less dense and damaged coffee, then placed on patios to dry to 11 percent moisture, and then carefully stored until it is time for milling and export.