From our supplier, Cafe Imports, we learn more about the farm and growers of this excellent microlot coffee that is our most anticipated coffee every year:
“Fazenda Rainha is managed by José Renato G. Dias, an agricultural engineer with a specialization in coffee production. The farm comprises 280 hectares, of which 200 hectares are planted with mostly Yellow Bourbon, some Icatu, Yellow Catuaí, Mundo Novo, and Acaiá. It is BSCA and Utz certified.
“Coffee is processed at peak ripeness with handheld mechanical picking equipment over a cloth to avoid contact with the ground. After being harvested, the coffee cherry is depulped and spread on courtyards for drying. The coffee is dried slowly in the sun until reaching 11% humidity. After drying, the coffee is conditioned in wooden granaries.
“All of Fazenda Rainha’s employees reside on the farm and they are provided with health plans and unlimited hospital care. There is a school onsite for the workers’ children called the Pedro Roza IT School.”
The Arara varietal originated in Brazil and is a cross of a couple other varietals present in Brazil (Catuai and Obatã). It is very promising going forward as the quality in the cup is excellent (some scoring in the mid-90s!) while it has proven to be disease resistant and adaptive to the climate.