The story behind
Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world, accounting for 33% of the world’s coffee supply, and the state Minas Gerais is the largest producer of coffee in Brazil. This lot comes from the southern part of the state in a region known as South of Minas.
This lot, a regional lot comprised of coffee from several producers, is a semi-washed process. Also known as pulped natural, this process has been used in Brazil for over 20 years. Like honey processed coffees from Central America and other places, the coffee cherries are pulped but not washed, leaving a small layer of mucilage on the seed before being set out to dry. This leads to a faster drying period than Brazil’s traditional natural process, and a cleaner, sweeter cup.
The “Fine Cup” in the coffee name means it was grown below 1200 masl but is free of hard rioy flavors and is a specialty coffee. It is generally the highest grade available to regional coffees before entering the “super-premium” microlot categories of Brazilian coffee.