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Brazil - Cerca de Pedras Sao Benedito

Brazil - Cerca de Pedras Sao Benedito

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Origine: Piatã, Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil     
Variety: Catuaí
Process: Pulped Natural
Elevation: 1,270 MASL


This coffee was produced by one of our green beans supplier Melbourne Coffee Merchants' dear friend, coffee mentor and sourcing partner in Brazil, Silvio Leite. This is Silvio’s fourth harvest from his farm, Fazenda Cerca de Pedras, which is located in Piatã, a unique coffee growing region in Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina region. This particular microlot comes from ‘São Benedito,’ the largest and first plot to be planted at the estate.

Silvio purchased this 30-hectare farm in 2019. Currently, 6 hectares are planted with coffee, including some Gesha, SL-28 and Pacamara varieties that Silvio is trialing on the land. This particular lot is 100% Catuaí.

ABOUT PIATÃ

Piatã is a unique and distinct coffee-growing region. The coffees produced here tend to be very floral, sweet and complex, and quite different from those that we source elsewhere in Brazil. There are two main factors behind this: coffee grows at elevations of up to 1,400 meters above sea level, which is very high for Brazil; additionally, temperatures in Piatã range from about 2°C to 18°C in winter, some of the lowest in the country. Combined, the high elevation and cool climate are key in slowing down the maturation of the coffee cherries, leading to an increased concentration of sugars in the bean. The result is a cup profile that is bright, transparent, and distinctive. Piatã’s relative closeness to the Equator line ensures coffee trees can experience such drastic conditions without being affected by frost, unlike other, more traditional coffee-growing regions in the country.

Piatã’s terroir is unique in Brazil, and contributes greatly to its strong regional distinction. The soil is nutrient-rich and slightly humid, creating a healthy and diverse ecosystem that is home to some 1,600 individual plant species. While the highlands of the Chapada Diamantina are rugged and dry, the area surrounding Piatã is filled with streams, waterfalls and even swamps, providing water for irrigation and agricultural techniques.

HOW THIS COFFEE WAS PROCESSED

At Cerca de Pedras São Benedito, processing starts on the field. The team closely monitors the Brix degree of coffee cherries, which gives them a good indication of when they have hit peak ripeness – the perfect time for picking. Cherries were carefully harvested by hand, mostly by local women (called “panhadeiras de cafe”) who are extremely disciplined and ensure only the very best cherries are selected.

This coffee was then processed using the pulped natural process. After pulping, the beans were dried in greenhouses with their mucilage still attached—spread in layers of about four centimetres and turned several times a day. At this stage, the coffee is primarily left in the shade, slowing down and extending the drying considerably. Silvio tells us this is key in improving and ‘saving’ the fructose and all positive attributes found in the remaining mucilage, which will contribute to a higher quality and longer shelf life in the final cup. Finally, the beans were separated into numbered lots, and later stored and rested in parchment in a purpose-built warehouse. They were then cupped for quality control prior to export.

We roast on every Wednesday and dispatch on Thursday.

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