||Alto Moggiana region, Sao Paulo state
|Farm / Coop
||Yellow Bourbon (100%)
||Honey process / Pulped natural
||85.5 points. AROMA/FLAVOR: Dark chocolate, almond, herbal. ACIDITY: mild malic (apple). OTHER: Strong flavor, creamy aftertaste, very well balanced.
This coffee was processed using the "pulped natural" or "honey" method --a combination of the 'wet' and 'natural' drying processes. It comes from Fazenda Rainha (Queen Farm) in the well-known Alto Moggiana region of Sao Paulo state in Brazil, the #1 place winner in the 2011 and #2 place winner in the 2013 Brazil Cup Of Excellence competition. As with all of our coffees, we sourced these coffee beans directly from the farm.
Fazenda Rainha has about 280 hectares planted with coffee, about 200 of which are dedicated to the farm's flagship varietal: Yellow Bourbon. Nelson and Eleni visited the farm in July of 2011, and again in January 2013, cupped many samples, discussed coffee production with farm management and met with workers and their children while walking the coffee plantations. The farm was owned by a five-generation coffee growing family, the Carvalho Diaz family, since 1890, but it was sold in 2010 to Luis Roberto Marin, the famous owner/manager of Rede Globo, one of the largest TV groups in Brazil. We are happy to report that the change of ownership has not affected the traditional quality of the farm's coffee products. Nelson visited the farm again in January of 2015.
All farm employees live on the farm, eliminating the need for temporary workers. They enjoy free health insurance and public education at the farm's local school. Teacher salaries are covered by the State, the rest is covered by the farm. We visited the beautiful Oscar Niemeyer-designed chapel (large enough to be a church) which was built and is used by the employees. Sitting atop a ridge, the chapel is quite a sight. Fazenda Rainha was a finalist in the Cup of Excellence competition in 2000, 2001, 2005-2012, in the top ten group in most years, and the #1 place winner in 2011, and #2 place winner in 2013!