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Origin Information

Grower
Álvaro Antônio Pereira Coli | Fazenda Sitio da Torre
Variety
Yellow Catuai
Region
Mantiqueira Region, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Harvest
May - September
Altitude
1100 - 1300 masl
Soil
Clay minerals
Process
Pulped natural (Honey) and dried in the sun
Certifications

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 in the protected origin of Mantiqueira de Minas region known for its rolling hills and uneven terrain. The 235 acre estate called Sitio da Torre has been owned and managed by Álvaro Antônio Pereira Coli for the last 24 years. This is the same land that his great-grandfather purchased in the late 1800s after emigrating from Italy. Álvaro has built an impressive reputation for quality consistently recognized in the Brazil Cup of the Excellence competitions over the last decade. During the harvest coffee cherries are floated to remove less dense and damaged coffee, and then depulped and placed on patios to dry with the mucilage still attached. After 5 days, the coffee is moved to mechanical driers to precisely finish the drying to 11 percent moisture and then carefully stored until it is time for milling and export. During the preparation for export, this particular lot was selected using screens designed to capture the peaberry, the round shaped beans formed from the maturation of one seed per cherry rather than the typical two seeds.