COFFEE OF THE MONTH
BRAZIL SANTA ROSALIA
An exceptionally well-balanced cup with silky milk chocolate sweetness, plummy undertones and some red berry notes
Araxá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Q GRADE SCORE
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A spotlight on origin
Brazil is the largest coffee-producing nation in the world and South America’s most influential and economically powerful country. The country sees large-scale mechanisation used in the preparation of its coffee: a result of a wellstructured industry infrastructure and many years’ experience producing coffee. Coffee was introduced to Brazil in 1720 in the southern state of Parana and has become the powerhouse of the coffee world accounting for more than a third of all coffee produced. Lower growing altitudes means that Brazilian coffees are relatively low in acidity. As a result they tend to be round, sweet and well-nuanced rather than big and bright.
Santa Rosalia, Araxá, Minas Gerais
Santa Rosalia is located in Araxá in the state of Minas Gerais, and covers a total area of 2,000 hectares with around 1400 allocated to coffee. The farm grows yellow Bourbon, yellow Icatu, yellow Catuai, red Catuai, Mundo Nova, Topazio, Tupi at altitudes of around 1000/1050 metres above sea level. The farm was established in 1994 by ‘AC Café’ which is a family run business with a background in farming coffee, cattle and sheep. In 2011, they decided to separate the three arms of their business in order to improve the quality of product produced.
Santa Rosalia has a fantastic consideration for both the environment surrounding the farm and the people and communities depending on it. The accommodation for the staff working there is outstanding with a clean and well equipped canteen to provide meals. There is also a vegetable patch for the staff which supplies the canteen and is also used to assist with agronomy education for local schools. Children are invited onto the farm for lessons in environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Workers on the farm and their families also benefit from this education and receive advice around utilising natural resources, recycling and saving energy.
Q GRADE SCORE
This coffee has been scored 84 on the Q grade scale by our in-house Q grader.
This score signifies a VERY GOOD speciality coffee as per the SCAA (Speciality Coffee Association of America) Cupping Protocols.