Characteristics of the coffee lot
Variety: Red Bourbón
Average elevation: 1150 masl
Characteristics of the property
Location: Carmo de Minas,
MG Region: Mantiqueira de Minas
Total area: 800 ha
Area planted with coffee: 246 ha
Highest elevation: 1300 masl
Lowest elevation: 1000 masl
Telephone: +55 35 3334-1144
History of the farm
Fazenda do Sertao was the first farm in the group, thus the name Grupo Sertao. It has a tradition in coffee of over 100 years. The farm was a pioneer in coffee planting in the city of Carmo de Minas. The geographical location and elevation make the farm a regional reference; its rainfall is among the highest. In addition to outstanding specialty coffees, Grupo Sertao also raises Girolando cattle. The Group has the brand Girolando da Sertao, the symbol of the best raisers of this breed of livestock in the country (www.gruposertao.com.br).
Thirty-four families, totaling about 145 people, live on the farm in houses donated to them by the Group. All have plumbing and electricity.
The workers are paid above minimum wage and also receive milk, coffee, transportation, and medicine.
The farm also features a municipal school, it participates in a family health program provided by the government, it has a phone line for the workers to use, a football field for sports and a lake for fishing.
Coffee processing system
Picking is done by hand over cloths to avoid the beans touching the ground. The coffee cherries are transported for drying twice per day, then they are washed and spread on patios on the same day. Then they pass through the dryer and then to granaries. They go back to dryers, and at 10.5% humidity, they are put in rest boxes for 30 days of rest. Finally, they are processed and deposited at Cocarive (a regional cooperative) where they will be.
Concern about quality
Currently, Fazenda Sertao, part of Grupo Sertao, is gifted with modern infrastructure with top-of-the-line machinery and processing equipment. Following the philosophy of continuous quality improvement of the coffees, there are frequent visits to Brazilian and international entities and experiences are shared with other producers in the search for high-quality standards. All of the lots are cupped and followed year to year. The choice to produce specialty coffees demands much attention and dedication from the producer. Traceability is indispensable both for understanding the farm and the product and for making decisions about substituting field and opting for varieties to be planted.
|Farm Name||FAZENDA DO SERTÃO 2017|
|Farmer/Rep.||NAZARETH DIAS PEREIRA|
|Altitude||1000 – 1300 masl|
|Size (30kg boxes)||11|
|City||CARMO DE MINAS|
|Region||MANTIQUEIRA DE MINAS|
|Program||Brazil Naturals 2017|
|Aroma/Flavor||Honey, black pepper, melon, vanilla, sweet spices, sugar cane, butterscotch, herbal, honey-suckle, honey.|
|Acidity||Bright, citric, stone fruits, juicy.|
|Other||Long lasting nougat finish, black tea like, grape, apples|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||727.52|
|High bidders||Nippon Coffee Trading Co., Ltd.|