Engenho da Serra Natural
There’s something quite comforting about a Brazilian coffee… Particularly one from Cerrado, where the most consistent coffees in the world are grown. These are the sort of daily drinking coffees that you remember from your childhood and still stand up as an adult. We find this coffee to have notes of Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Damson with a creamy and nougat-y body.
We sourced this coffee from our friends at Falcon Coffee.
Coffee plantations cover about 27,000 square kilometers of Brazil, and of the approximately six billion trees, around 74% are arabica and 26% robusta. The states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo andParaná are the largest producers due to suitable landscapes, climate, and rich soil. Most plantations are harvested in the dry months of May to July. This coffee comes from Engenho Da Serra situated in the Cerrada Mineiro of Minas Gerais which is an area associated with high-quality coffee where the coffees must be specialty (80+ points) arabica grown above 800 m.a.s.l and within the region to be part of the Designation or Origin this region has achieved. The farm was first planted in the 1970s by José Humberto de Andrade who was one of the pioneers of coffee in this region. The farm is now run mainly by Sanda ad her nephew Lucas Santos. They feel that their altitude gives the hot sunny days and long cool nights that give the coffee its unique profile balancing flavour and body. They are very focused on maintaining the farm ensuring they are renovating and regenerating areas each year. This lot is a Red Catuai that is harvested between July – September and is mechanically picked. Once the coffee is picked it is sorted and then transferred to the patios where it dries for 7 – 10 days. After this, the coffee is then left for 30 days to rest in the dry parchment before it can then be milled and sorted for export.