Our “MODERN” showcase this month is a coffee from a new producer, Emilio Raimundo. This coffee is a Yellow Bourbon from Sitio Fazendinha, located in Mantiqueira de Minas. This coffee was produced in a traditional manner, yet the flavours are truly representative of modern Brazilian coffees.
Fazendinha was originally planted with Sarchimor & for the first year they had a very decent harvest. Unfortunately the following year was incredibly poor & Emilio did not have a lot of confidence in his crop. He made an absolutely brave decision to tear out all the Sarchimors & planted Yellow Bourbons instead, which is known to produce quality coffees.
In 2017, Emilio’s coffee turned up a score of 90.25 in a competition run by Cafebras, an exporter with a specialty program. This was the turn for him as he was invited to Oslo to meet with the buyer from Nordic Approach who have been consistently buying his coffees from there on.
Emilio does a short fermentation before naturally drying his coffees, increasing the perception of the coffee’s sweetness. The coffees are also dried on raised beds which aren’t a common practice in Brazil. This increases the clarity and cleanliness of the coffee’s flavours.
Fazendinha #3 is an incredibly sweet & lively coffee! We are so amazed at the flavour profile of this coffee & so humbled to be able to share this as it truly represents a producer’s willingness to reinvigorate his farm despite the challenges he faced.