Nossa Senhora Aparecida, BRAZIL
Region: Divinolandia, Sao Paolo
Altitude: 1200-1250 masl
Producer: Marcos Limongi
Varietal: Yellow Catuai
Process: Natural& dried on raised beds
Produced by Marcos Limongi, this coffee is very different from the majority of Brazilian coffees we have seen and tasted. Brazilian coffees are often produced on large-scale plantations where the focus is on volume, not quality. Even though a number of producers have made steps towards improving cup quality as well as environmental practices, it accounts for only a fraction of the country's production, and a high quality microlot with complex favour profle is hard to come by. We're excited to showcase this exceptionally clean and complex lot of naturally processed Yellow Catuai, produced by Marcos in partnership with Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (FAF).
FAF is a family farm owned by Silvia Baretto and her husband Marcos Croce with their son Felipe heading the coffee quality. It has been a coffee plantation since 1850. Since 2002 the owners have been working on transforming the farm into a model of sustainable organic agriculture.
Musasa Mbilima, RWANDA
Washing stations: Musasa MbilimaRegion: Gakenge District, Northern Province
Varietal: Red Bourbon Process: Natural
Altitude: 1900 – 2200 maslProducer: Musasa Dukunde Kawa Cooperative managed by John Bosco Habimana
The Musasa Dukunde Kawa cooperative has three washing stations lying high in Rwanda's northwest. Mbilima is the coop's second washing station built in 2005 with the profts earned from its frst washing station Ruli. Standing at 2020 masl Mbilima is one of Rwanda's highest washing stations. ‘Musasa’ means ‘a place to make a bed’ and ‘Dukunde Kawa’ means ‘let’s love coffee’ in Kinyarwanda - a reference to the power of coffee to improve the lives of those in rural communities.
Much of the cooperative's success can be attributed to the transformational PEARL programme of which it was a part. The project switched the focus from a historic emphasis on quantity to one of quality, opening Rwanda up to the more highly-valued specialty market. Proliferation of washing stations like Mbilima have opened up opportunities for small holder farmers as they don't have to sell semi-dried cherries to a middleman which usually leads to less proft. They can now combine t h e i r harvest and process it centrally. Farmers who work with Musasa Dukunde Kawa have seen their income at least double.