An Emerging Specialty Coffee Region in Brazil: Montanhas Do Espirito Santo - Ally Coffee Merchants

An Emerging Specialty Coffee Region in Brazil: Montanhas Do Espirito Santo

Jul 29, 2014


During the past years, Brazilian producers have been investing into quality. If you have visited Brazil recently, it is evident that many producers are engaging in meticulous procedures in their coffee processing and growing practices. When one producer finds ways to get rewarded for quality and innovative practices, this can have a domino effect on neighboring farms. Hence, the emergence of new specialty regions. Still unknown by many coffee connoisseurs, the region of Espirito Santo, is an upcoming specialty coffee region in Brazil with a varied geography and microclimates. While this region used to mostly grow Coffea Canephora, the mountainous region, with humid and low temperatures, has been seen to produce excellent Arabica coffees with unique cup profiles. The collection periods in the Montanhas Do Espirito Santo last nearly nine months, from April to December.This long maturation is responsible for the high degree of sweetness in the coffees and complex flavors. This scenic region, full of high mountains and rock formations, is home to many small producers, where farming is part of a family tradition. During the harvest, each family member plays an important role in the picking, processing, and selling the coffee. For instance, Marco Marchioro owns a farm of 40 hectares; during the harvest time, his small family of six hand pick all the ripe cherries themselves and then proceed to process all the lots separately. Ally Coffee has partnered with Marcos and many other small producers, through the Pronova Cooperative, to educate producers on how to improve quality and obtain premium prices for producing higher quality lots.


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