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Region: Chapada de Minas, Minas Gerais
Notes: Orange marmalade, walnuts, honey
Description: Serra do Cabral (“Goat Mountain”) is located at 1,100 metres above sea level in the Serra do Cabral plateau, a stunning region in the Chapada de Minas in the central north of the Minas Gerais State in Brazil. This lush and fertile region provides a unique micro climate and ideal conditions for growing fine coffee, with a high altitude of 1,100m above sea level, and a mild climate with sunny days and cool nights, a very well defined rain and dry seasons, and plentiful water and a flat terrain.
The estate is managed by Marcelo and Roberto Flanzer, who are brothers and have worked together since they were very young on their family business, “Ecoagricola” with their father Henrique, who is now retired. Marcelo, 46, oversees all of the production and quality control and Roberto, 48, manages the operations on the farm.
The Flanzer family have owned their estate for over 40 years, since 1975, however they have only started to specialise in coffee production over the last decade. This decision was driven by Marcelo and Roberto who took over the farm in early 2000 and wanted to diversify.
“Among many possibilities, we chose coffee for the great fit with the region: altitude, climate, water, terroir. It also met our goal to build the business in a environmentally sustainable way using technology, and our desire to be able to produce quality driven products.” – Marcelo Flanzer
After recognising that the region had the ideal conditions to grow high quality coffee, the family planted their first coffee nursery in 2006 and their first harvest was in 2009. Today 340 hectares of the 1,700-hectare estate is dedicated to coffee, and is planted out with Red Catuaí 144 and Yellow Catucaí variety trees. Red Catuaí 144 was chosen because it is the most used and tested variety at the ‘Cerrado’ biosphere in Minas Gerais. Yellow Catucaí was chosen after testing 15 different varieties at the property. It presented the best cup quality and best yield. It also ripened earlier in the season compared to Red Catuaí 144, which has helped with planning labour during the harvest. The brothers also have plans to introduce a small area of Yellow Bourbon in the near future.
Espresso, Filter/Brewed, Whole Bean
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