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Sítio Cedrinho


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Red Catuai


Naniel de Souza Rodrigues

Brown Sugar, Milk Chocolate & Dried Fig

More about the coffee, producer & region.

Naniel de Souza Rodrigues owns and operates Sítio Cedrinho in the Mantiqueira de Minas region of Brazil. He purchased the 1.5 hectare plot in 2018 with some coffee trees already planted and began working on how he could extract the best qualities from his land and crops. Post-harvest processing begins with fermenting the cherries before they are dried in a static dryer. The mostly-dried cherries are then rested before drying is completed in the static dryer. Despite the complexities of this process, the results keep Naniel motivated to continue the efforts in order to produce high quality coffees.

About the Region

Located on the northern side of the Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range in the southern part of the state of Minas Gerais, the Mantiqueira de Minas region is a demarcated area of 25 municipalities. It is officially recognized as an Indication of Origin for its tradition and worldwide reputation of producing coffees with unique sensory profiles. Most producers in the region are smallholders who operate family farms. The region is differentiated by the unique terrain and the resulting characteristics that the terroir leads to in the cup. Coffees from Mantiqueira de Minas reflect both the place itself and the committed work of its producers. Mantiqueira includes more than 8,200 producers, 82% of whom are smallholders, and 56,000 hectares of mountain land planted with coffee. Most harvesting is still completed manually, and this and other practices keep the regional cultural heritage of coffee farming alive while at the same time pursuing new flavours.

About the Process

This lot of Red Catuai coffee underwent Natural processing. Catuai was made by the Instituto Agronomico (IAC) of Sao Paulo State in Campinas, Brazil by crossing Mundo Novo and Caturra varieties. Catuai coffees are cultivated widely across Brazil, and are known for their high productivity potential.

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