Brazil El Dorado
|Red apple, milk chocolate, brown sugar|
|Fazenda El Dorado, Jean Faleiros|
|Alto Mogiana, Minas Gerais|
About the coffee
Alta Mogiana is one of the privileged coffee regions in the State of Minas Gerais. Dry climate during harvest and mountains that can provide different microclimates for a nice variety of cup profiles. Here in Alta Mogiana the altitude contributes for a perfect microclimate and exactly here is located Fazenda El Dorado, reaching up to 1300 meters above sea level. According to producer Jean Faleiros this place is “the 5-stars hotel for growing coffee”. At El Dorado they are able to produce everything from high volume commercial lots to niche micro lots, making them an ideal partner to work with.
A short search on Fazenda El Dorado will show them as winners of the Alta Mogiana Competition and high rankings in the Cup of Excellence in the last decade. Since 2010 they moved their focus from large-scale efficiency to aiming for specialty coffee, to keep up with their set goals, Jean Vilhena Faleiros is constantly investing in training for his team.
From April to September a group of 20 women harvest the cherries, the coffee is taken to the raised beds, where a careful selection is done. The choice is often on Natural lots, where a specific fermentation process is applied. The entire process, from the harvest to the first steps of processing, including drying, milling and classifying the coffee by screen size and density is done on the farm itself. Keeping full control over the quality.
Today one of the biggest challenges is to recognize the work and dedication of farmers for producing specialty coffee through a greater market incentive. We agree with Fazenda El Dorado that we need fair prices to value quality.
SCA points: 83+