When the Director of Coffee, who heads up all Five Senses origin journeys, calls you on a Friday afternoon when you’re driving down the West Coast Highway and asks:
“I’m calling to ask if you’d be inter..”
“Yes.” Is the one reply. I didn’t know what precisely I used to be signing up for, however the alternative and my sense of journey didn’t depart me a lot choice. Brazil was the vacation spot, and I used to be buzzing with pleasure. We’d already sourced a lot of the coffee we’d want this season, so the journey was extra targeted on strengthening our eight yr robust relationship and looking new areas for potential microlots.
The core of our journey was spent in Santo Antonio do Amparo, Minas Gerais the place we’ve been shopping for coffee for simply over eight years now via the identical co-operative – SanCoffee. Our relationship with SanCoffe is robust, open and constant; we truly hosted the present SanCoffee President and grower member (Henrique Cambria) at our MICE stand in 2019 the place he introduced three experimental processing tons from his Samambaia farm as a part of an interactive sensory expertise. Henrique’s sense of satisfaction within the coffees was clearly obvious to anybody who sat down to expertise the filter flight… he can be the primary to rush over, telephone in hand, to present pictures of the method, and to clarify in particular element of how and why they have been doing what they have been doing.
With 20 grower members which make up SanCoffee co-op, the potential for studying and collaboration is large and the constructive outcomes tangible within the cup. Working collectively the producers can mitigate danger, whereas studying from each other’s trials and successes. Undoubtedly some of the profitable members of the co-op is Fazenda Guariroba; the farm is 200 hectares in measurement, and farms 80 hectares of coffee. They’ve’ accrued fairly the listing of awards, together with profitable the 2016 Cup of Excellence Natural – with the highest rating of 90.5.
The method they do issues right here is just a bit totally different. Not solely are they blessed with a few of the best pure terroir, additionally they drip irrigate their plantation – one thing very unusual within the area. This not solely creates a better high quality, however their yield is greater too. The area common is 25x luggage per hectare, and right here at Guariroba they push shut to 65x luggage! They have clear sustainability objectives too, with a clear power undertaking at the side of UFLA (The Federal University of Lavras) which suggests the farm can produce all the facility required to run their irrigation.
This innovation and progressive strategy to coffee rising additionally extends to the administration of Fazenda Guariroba; Peterson Rocha is their farm supervisor and at simply 24 yr of age he may be one of many youngest farm managers round – however don’t be fooled by his age – he’s been working the farms of Santo Antonio Do Amparo for over a decade and accomplished in depth research turning into a Technical Graduate of one of many native famend Federal establishments. With his youth comes a philosophy of utilizing progressive processing strategies to push the boundaries of what we now have come to anticipate from Brazil as a producing nation, and particularly from Minas Gerais as a area. Each yr is one other alternative to make investments, develop, modify and refine. The future solely will get brighter – throughout our go to we have been proven the world the place they’ll plant Gesha for the primary time, in addition to 4 1500 litre fermentation tanks the place they’ll undertake a course of generally known as carbonic maceration. This is a processing technique the place oxygen within the tanks is changed by carbon dioxide producing a style profile vastly totally different from the normal Natural and Pulped Natural coffees from the area. They’re not stopping!
Earlier this yr we have been lucky sufficient to bid and win quite a bit from Fazenda Guariroba within the 2018 Brazil Cup of Excellence Pulped Natural competition with a CoE Score of 89.53 – this coffee is a cracker! We’re so proud to have companions at origin who’re putting within the Cup of Excellence competitors which is in place solely to have fun, encourage and reward high quality, and we’re extremely completely satisfied to have the opportunity to present our help and thanks for his or her tireless work into enhancing high quality by roasting and providing this coffee to the coffee drinkers of Australia! If you’d like to safe your self a bag of this very particular coffee head on over to Guariroba COE Lot 8, Brazil.