Brazil, Fazenda Bom Jardim- Specialty Coffee
Tastes Like: Juicy, delicate, lovely chocolate notes that come through
Cerrado Mineiro is a large region in the state of Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. According to The Cerrado Coffee Growers Federation, it is made up of 55 counties, 210,000 hectares of coffee farms, and 4,5000 producers. It has an average production of 5 million bags every year – a quarter of Minas Gerais’ output, and 12.7% of Brazil’s.
The region’s farms sit between 800 and 1,300 m.a.s.l., and are predominantly flat. There are well-defined seasons which means cherries typically ripen at the same time.
The coffee is known for its intense aromas, notes of caramel or nuts, gentle citrus acidity, medium to full body, and long-lasting chocolate aftertaste.
It is also the first region in Brazil to receive protected Designation of Origin status, meaning coffee labelled “Cerrado” has to actually come from Cerrado (similar to the rules protecting Spanish ham or Champagne).
Traceability opens the door to better coffee quality and a more equitable value chain. Fazenda Bom Jardim is our producer for this fabulous coffee.
Fazenda Bom Jardim
Way before Cerrado Mineiro became known for the quality of its coffee, the Queiroz family was already cultivating coffee in the region. In fact, Roberto’s father was among the first three coffee producers of the Cerrado and for the last 50 years the family has been developing techniques which make for an outstanding range of specialty coffees. Located close to the city of Patrocínio 950 meters above sea level, Bom Jardim Estate comprises a total of 360 hectares, where there is a large lake and an assortment of wild animals such as monkeys and siriemas. [a crane like bird]
The farm is very well organised with a production line that co-exists harmonically with the environment through the employment of technologies that minimize impact and allows for the conservation of biodiversity. The estate believes in good social practices for its work force, something the family have always put in place.