Brazil Fazenda Cetec Natural
Cup Characteristics: Lots of dark chocolate, mild fruit and significant chocolate mouthfeel. Mildly acidic background, smooth finish. Dried fruit, sugar cane.
$13.99 per pound
Arrived September 2019 in Grainpro bags.
For the brothers Marcio Custodio and Izonel Junior, Fazenda Cetec is a dream come true. At a young age, the brothers worked as coffee pickers within the region of Sul de Minas, Brazil. Marcio and Izonel had the opportunity to leave the farms to study and graduate as professors. After teaching at the university, they established CETEC: Center of Technology of the city of Lavras (South of Minas Gerais). A school dedicated to providing education to young people from poor households. The school trained more than five-thousand people within ten years.
Satisfied and confident with their success at CETEC, Marcio and Izonel bought a small farm in the city of Itumirim - an indigenous name for a small waterfall, referring to the many waterfalls in the area. One day after the purchase of the farm, the elder brother, Izonel Junior, suddenly passed away. Deeply troubled by the death of his brother, Marcio’s instinct was to sell the farm. But Marcio has stayed to honor the dream of his late brother. Marcio’s nephew, Heitor Botelho, has begun to assist his uncle and keep the venture within their family. Fazenda Cetec invests in the preservation and restoration of its local environment by caring for the springs and dense forests.
Name: Fazenda Cetec
Processing: Natural (dry) process
Varieties: Catuai, Red and Yellow
Certification: BSCA (Specialty Coffee of Brazil)
Location: Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais
Altitude: 1200 meters
Full Natural Processing
The coffee is picked by hand which for Brazil is not extremely common and then processed the same day. Beans are sorted according to density. Drying requires a great deal of care and specialized handling. The result is a natural coffee with a more aromatic cup quality, which is rich in flavor, homogenous and clean. The complex flavors of the beans are preserved by harvesting them at exactly the right stage of ripeness. Costs increase as the use of well-trained workers is essential to obtain top quality beans. In this process the entire coffee cherry is dried and the drying fruit imparts flavor to the bean within. The result is fruity, mild cup, with low acidity and notable fruit sweetness.