Brazil Caxambu

Caxambu

Country: BRAZIL
Region: Sul de Minas
City: Tres Pontas
Varietal(s): Rubi, Mundo Novo and Icatu
Processing: Pulped Natural
Altitude: 930 – 1,150 metres above sea level
Owner: Carmem Lucia Chaves de Brito and family

Heavy body with rich notes of cherries, ripe fruit, roasted nuts and milk chocolate. Excellent for espresso.

The Chaves de Brito family has been farming coffee in Brazil’s Sul de Minas region for over a century. The current generation – Denise, Letícia, Carmem Lucia, Paulo Fernando and Paulo Roberto – are passionate about producing top quality coffee on their family farm, Fazenda Caxambu.

Caxambu lies at between 930 and 1,150 metres above sea level in the rolling hills of south Minas Gerais, close to the small town of Três Pontas. This temperate region has average temperatures of between 21°C and 23°C, with an annual rainfall average of 1800mm – ideal conditions for producing coffee.

Caxambu extends over a total of 380 hectares, of which 280 hectares are under coffee. The farm is planted out with a big range of different varietals, which are carefully demarcated in separate plots:Yellow Bourbon, Yellow and Red Icatú, Rubí, Mundo Novo, Acaiá, Caturra, Yellow and Red Catuaí, and Topázio.

The farm’s cherries are picked by hand when they are fully ripe, with various passes to avoid harvesting green cherries. This particular lot is made up of a blend of Rubí, Mundo Novo and Icatú varietals that were processed using the pulped natural method – the cherries are pulped and the beans are then immediately moved onto the farm’s drying patios with their sticky mucilage still attached. Once the beans reach optimum humidity they are rested in the farm’s purpose-built warehouses until they are ready for export.

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Los Caballitos

Country: GUATEMALA
Region: El Quiche
City: Chajúl
Altitude: 1,600-1,800m
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra
Processing: Fully Washed and dried on patio
Owner: Christian Schaps Salinas
Complex, clear and bright with orange, berries and sugar cane and good balance. Lovely coffee for espresso and filter.

Los Cabillitos (‘Small Horses’) lies amid the steep green hills of the ‘Ixil Triangle’ high in Guatemala’s Western highlands, an isolated area famed for the strength of its indigenous culture and the beauty of its landscape.

Los Cabillitos is located next to Finca La Perla, where coffee has been growing since 1940. The farm is owned by Christian Schaps Salinas, who is also the manager of La Perla, and manages the Mercanta Central American office.

The climate in the area is steamy, hot and humid, with 197 to 217 inches of rain each year.

The farm’s land is scattered with small settlements, which are home to between 2,500 and 3,000 local Mayan people. Most work on either La Perla or Los Cabillitos throughout the year, as well as tending to their own plots of land, where they grow staple foodstuffs for consumption at home. Some 500 workers have formed a solidarity association whose activities have helped to raise standards of living within the farm community.

Christian purchased the land from La Perla 4 years ago and set about planting a mix of Bourbon and Caturra on the property. This year was the estate’s first harvest. In total 57 bags were produced; 1/3 of which were submitted to the Cup of Excellence competition and placed 29th leaving just 40 bags available.

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