Coffee Origins: Our Brazilian Fazenda Colina

July 10, 2012

Fazenda Colina (Hill Farm), home to our Brazilian organic coffee, is in Patrocinio area of Minas Gerais.

Minas Gerais is the second most populous of Brazil’s 26 states. It has also produced more Brazilian presidents than any other. About 78% of the economy of Minas Gerais is connected to coffee, though it’s a fairly recent addition to the local economy – coffee production began there in 1978. The next most cultivated crop is corn, but with 32,400 hectares of land in the region dedicated to coffee and 13,000 dedicated to corn, it is clear that coffee is the winning crop. Coffee and president exports are not the only significant factor in the region’s economy, however: tourism, electronics manufacturing and auto-production are also major factors. Semi-precious stone trade and biotechnology are other industries present in the area. Brazil itself is responsible for about 1/3 of the world’s coffee production, which makes it the world’s largest coffee producer – amazingly this has been the case for the past 150 years. It is particularly interesting in light of the fact that coffee is not a native plant in Brazil (coffee is not indigenous to the Americas).

Situated at an altitude 3200 feet, the Fazenda Colina farm itself is 200 acres of land, of which 45 are dedicated to coffee. They have been producing organic coffee since 2007.

Typically, the flavor profile of dry processed Brazils is dominated by dried fruit. The Fazenda Colina bean is distinct in its balance and sweetness while still bringing the characteristically strong body, dense mouth-feel, and low acidity. It has a rich buttery aroma with dark chocolate and cherry notes, a balanced, deep taste and a lingering finish.


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