Brazil - Fazenda Rainha
LIGHT |— — —X— — — | DARK
Almond • Cinnamon • Milk Chocolate
São Sebastião da Grama, São Paulo
Process / Natural
Elevation / 1150-1350m
Beans / Yellow Bourbon
Label photo from "We've Been Out Driving" by Tim Carpenter
Why we love it: Sweet and nutty. Pretty perfect as an espresso drink.
Who it comes from: Fazenda Rainha is a coffee estate located near the municipality of São Sebastião da Grama, within the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The 280-hectare farm includes 200 hectares of revered Yellow Bourbon trees (some producing for more than 50 years). Management of Fazenda Rainha has been passed down to José Renato Gonçalves Dias who traces his passion for coffee all the way back to his great grandparents who worked the same land. As a trained agronomist, Jose has matched his inherited passion with academic knowledge focused on creating biodiverse environments full of microorganisms and beneficial insects that support a healthy coffee crop. During the harvest for this pulped natural yellow bourbon, cherries are sorted and floated to remove less dense and damaged coffee, and then depulped and placed on patios for a minimum of 30 days to dry with the mucilage still attached. Once coffee is dry, it will be stored in wooden silos until the coffee is ready to be milled and exported. The results are indisputable as coffee from Fazenda Rainha has frequently been selected as one of the top coffees in the Cup of the Excellence competition in Brazil. Jose also ensures that the people at Fazenda Rainha who work year-round have onsite housing, healthcare and a technical institute where their children have access to a topnotch education.