producers: Nilim Assumpção and Marilda Mafort
region: Alto Jequitibá, Minas Gerais
elevation: 1250 m.a.s.l
species and varietal: arabica, Red Catuai
processing method: natural
Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer. Its main producing regions are Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Espírito Santo, Bahia, Paraná, Rondonia and Rio de Janeiro. Providing one-third of the world’s coffee output, Brazilian coffee production is mostly known for excelling in quantity rather than quality. As a result, we mostly come across Brazilian coffee if we buy cheap espresso blends or instant coffee. What is interesting to us, however, is Brazil’s specialty coffee sector lying in the shadow of mass production. Quality-oriented producers are united under the BSCA (Brazil Specialty Coffee Association), an organization which has been paving the way for Brazilian specialty coffee production since 1991. There is still tremendous untapped potential both in Brazil’s numerous acclimated arabica varietals and in advanced and developing natural-processing methods. We hope to take part in tasting the ever-improving results.