Region: Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais Altitude: 1,000 - 1,200 metres above sea level Varietal: Catuai 144 Process: Natural Producer: Noé Bartholomei and Livia Rodrigues
Creamy and fudgy, this quality lot stands out with layers of chocolate, pecans and dried dates. A familiar and hearty brew that aims to please, this low-acidity coffee goes well with milk or simply on its own.
Recommended for espresso, stove-top, French Press.
In the southern reaches of the Minas Gerais state is an area known as Sul de Minas, where the natural terrain and a mild climate averaging 23° C make it an ideal place to grow coffee. Within this region are the Mantiqueira mountains – the largest mountain range in Brazil and currently one of its most awarded regions for coffee production.
The rugged slopes cut through the Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states, extending 320 km and reaching a height of 2,798 m. It is here where Fazenda Rancho Fundo sits at the base of the rocky cliffs.
Rancho Fundo is run and managed by Noé Bartholomei Rodrigues and Livia Rodrigues who are third generation coffee farmers. Both are extremely committed to safeguarding a sustainable future for the region, despite the challenges caused by climate change and labour shortages in the mountain region.
Harvest generally occurs in this region from May to September. After the coffee is carefully handpicked, it is delivered to the mill where it dries on patios in the open sun and finished in mechanical dryers.
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