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Brazil - Fazenda Pantano - Pulped Natural




A country as large as Brazil produces coffee of great variety with varying regions usually having coffees of their own distinctive characteristics. The same can be said of each and every farm due to the range of varietals and processing techniques that are employed. Coffee plantations cover about 27,000 km2 (10,000sq mi) of Brazil; of the approximately six billion trees, 74% are arabica and 26% robusta. The states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná are the largest producers due to suitable landscapes, climate and rich soil. Most plantations are harvested in the dry months of May to July. In a country so enormous and with so much choice, it is tough to decide which beans to select. Some of the very best of Brazil’s coffee comes from the Cerrado in Minas Gerais at the Fazenda Pântano Estate.

Fazenda Pântano is located close to the city of Patos de Minas at an altitude of 1,150 meters and covers a total area of 600 hectares. More than 100 hectares of the land are allocated for permanent natural forest reserves, which is a legal requirement under Brazilian law. The yellow bourbon cherries are picked and pulped and then immediately dried on African style raised beds for air drying. This results in a cleaner cup than natural processed coffee, with brighter notes and a lighter body but with greater complexity. All processing takes place on the farm and the coffee is only hulled at the point of export and packed into grain pro sacks in order to preserve favour and freshness. The farm supports a local school and also funds various training schemes and courses for its staff. It is certifed by the Rainforest Alliance.

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