As the world's largest coffee producer, Brazilian lots often come from larger estates that use highly mechanized processing strategies to manage larger volumes. Minas Gerais is the largest of the three major Brazilian growing regions and accounts for 50 percent of Brazil’s production. Minas Gerais has six micro-regions. This particular lot comes from Sul de Minas, which is known for its rolling hills and uneven terrain lending to farms that are small to medium in size. This particular lot was sourced from 68 producers in the Tres Pontes area. Each producer cultivates and harvest their own cherries and places them on patios to dry. After drying, coffee is carefully stored until it is time for milling and export. Preparation for export takes place through Cocatrel, an export company established in 1961 that works with 5,000 producers. At the Cocatrel dry mill, traceability and cupping analysis is used to establish the Castanhas lot and its vibrant regional profile.