Brazil - Salmo Plus - Microlot - Natural, Grainpro - Unroasted
Two Regions/Five Farms: Fazendas Lenheiros, Alcaan, Santa Barbara and Queixadas from Cerrado and Fazenda do Lobo from Sul de Minas
Producers: Ana Maria Menezes Mendonça Andreia Galvão Nogueira Celio Davi de Oliveira Filomena Estefania de Mattos Gatti Maria das Graças Silva (Cerrado (90%) and Sul de Minas)
Elevation: 3,018-3,608 ft (Cerrado) and 2,460 - 4,429 ft (Sul de Minas)
Varietals: Red Catuai, Mundo Novo, Topazio, Acaia
Roast Level: Medium (Full City)
Tasting Notes: Sweet, complex, balanced, cocoa, raisin, nutty, fruity, citrus and strawberry
Cupping Score: 83
Brazil Salmo Plus Microlot is a combination of coffees from five farms (fazendas) in two top-quality regions: Fazendas Lenheiros, Alcaan, Santa Barbara and Queixadas from Cerrado and Fazenda do Lobo from Sul de Minas. Ripe and raisin cherries (cherries left to dry on the tree) were mechanically harvested, sent to the washing station on the farm by tractors and were cleaned and separated by density (ripe to one side, raisin to the other). They were dried in the sun on cement patios and then put in mechanical driers to ensure an even result. After drying, they rested in wooden boxes for 30-plus days before being hulled and sent to a nearby warehouse. Then this coffee was reprocessed, the coffee was sorted with screens and by color and density machines then this coffee was sealed in shipping container.
About the two Regions
Sul de Minas, in the southern part of Minas Gerais, is the most important and diverse coffee region in the country and a place where producers still live out traditions that have passed between generations of coffee growers. It’s also Brazil’s most charming coffee region, with steep slopes, beautiful valleys, exuberant natural landscapes and well-preserved colonial farms.
Cerrado is the newest coffee region in Brazil. It was shaped by two important events. In 1975, the “black frost” devastated plantations in Parana — at the time, the largest coffee-producing region in Brazil — while in western São Paulo, coffee plantations were struggling against an intense nematodes infestation. These two events brought Brazil’s coffee industry to its knees.
Farmers set out in search of new areas to develop and arrived in Cerrado — an underdeveloped area with poor, acidic soil — just as a government effort was underway to understand the science of Cerrado’s soil and whether it might someday be a major food producer. Simple, inexpensive solutions wound up being effective, and coffee plants adapted well to Cerrado’s well-defined climate. Its warm temperatures, intense sunlight and dry winters aligned perfectly with the harvest, which demands dry weather. Today, coffee is grown here in 55 towns and across 210,000 hectares.
Notes from team in Brazil
Volcafe Way is providing technical advice and trainings to these producers on good agricultural practices. This coffee has a complex aroma, with a full body, high sweetness, a citric acidity and notes of dried fruit and intense chocolate. The Sul de Minas addition brings more complexity to the aroma and red-fruit notes in the cup — a bit of fun on top of Cerrado’s bold profile.
Specialty grade, 100% Arabica coffee.