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Our farmer spotlight - Two of our favourite coffee producing farms in the finer detail:

FAZENDA BOM JESUS

The coffee from Fazenda Bom Jesus has a bright and remarkable acidity with hints of chocolate and walnuts. It leaves a very light and pleasant aftertaste. Notes of brown sugar make it a naturally sweet cup. A hint of maple syrup can also be detected. Its stunning aroma is very soft and sophisticated. The sweetness of the coffee is a result of the coffee varietal Yellow Catuai and the natural process. The sugar in the coffee cherry is passed on to the bean as the coffee cherries are all dried together, removing the husks just after the coffee reaches a humidity of 11.5 %.

FARM – Fazenda Bom Jesus 

OWNERS – Gabriel e Flavia Lancha de Oliveira 

ALTITUDE – 1270 meters above sea level

LOCATION – Cristais Paulistas, Alta Mogiana. Sao Paulo

PROCESS – Natural process, sun dried, 30 days of resting period .

CERTIFICATIONS - Rainforest Alliance certified and Alta Mogiana Specialty Coffee Association (AMSC)

VARIETY – Catucai

SCA SCORE - 85

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Fazenda Bom Jesus has over 140 hectares of Natural Reserve where a huge diversity of fauna and flora can be found. Annual auditors come to collect data on both vegetation and wildlife which, in turn, is catalogued by Rainforest Alliance researchers. All the products used on the farm are not only allowed but recommended. As it produces its own compost used on the farm. Fazenda Bom Jesus contributes socially with events such as GIMA – where children from 9 small surrounding towns come to take part in a treasure hunt. Over 400 children participate in general knowledge tests and a sports day on the Bom Jesus Farm. Only state educated children take part in the events and the prizes are sponsored by the farm itself.

COFFEE

All dried together, removing the husks just after the coffee reaches a humidity of 11.5 %.

The coffee is grown at an altitude of around 1,100 to 1270 meters above sea level. This allows for ideal levels of rainfall of approximately 1,000mm per year. The constant temperatures of 20-25 C make for ideal conditions for the growth of healthy coffee trees and cherries.

QUALITY AND CERTIFICATION

Fazenda Bom Jesus Coffee was the first Farm in the Alta Mogiana Region to be certified by UTZ in 2006. Every stage must be monitored and recorded to allow 100% traceability of the coffee, which is only one of UTZ's requirements. The farm is a member of the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association. 

Fazenda Bom Jesus has also been Rainforest Alliance (RFA) Certified since 2008.  The importance of the certification is for both environment and social reasons. Recycling is encouraged in all farm buildings and the correct use of safety equipment is a further requirement of RFA. Fazenda Bom Jesus achieved a scored of 98% from the (RFA) auditors last year. 

FARMERS

Fazenda Bom Jesus is the work of the couple Gabriel and Flavia Lancha Oliveira. With a long heritage in coffee culture both are grandchildren of coffee producers. They themselves passed their love and care on to their sons, Lucas and Gabriel junior who are also dedicated full-time to the farm. In 1984 they formed The Labareda Group, diversifying into various rural activities although coffee is still the most foremost in family hearts and indeed remains their main crop. Fazenda Bom Jesus is located in Cristais Paulistas in the Alta Mogiana Region.

Gabriel and Flavia are more than just a farming couple. Their objective is to sustainably develop their region from a social and economical point of view. Fazenda Bom Jesus was a founder of the Alta Mogiana Specialty Coffee Association - AMSC. It promotes a greater conscience with regard to speciality coffee in the region as well as developing better farm practices. Performance bonus payments are also made alongside employees fixed wages. Flavia verifies that all employees on the farm must be literate and receive specialized training to do their job. As for the workforce, all their children must be enrolled at the local school. 

FAZENDA TERRA PRETA

Country of Origin: Brazil

Region: Alta Mogiana, Sao Paulo

Variety: Yellow Bourbon / Catucai

Processing Method: Natural Natural process, sun dried with 30 days resting period

Elevation: 1100masl / 1270 masl (metres above sea level)

Approvals: Rainforest & UTZ

Tasting Notes: Balanced acidity with sweetness of tropical flavours. Notes of cocoa and nuts to the finish.

The coffee is grown at an altitude of around 1,100 to 1270 meters above sea level. This allows for ideal levels of rainfall of approximately 1,000mm per year. The constant temperatures of 20-25 C make for ideal conditions for the growth of healthy coffee trees and cherries.

QUALITY AND CERTIFICATION

Every stage must be monitored and recorded to allow 100% traceability of the coffee, which is only one of UTZ's requirements. The farms are also members of the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association.

THE FARMERS

One of the farms that contribute towards our blend is that of Gabriel and Flavia Lancha Oliveira, with a long heritage in coffee culture both are grandchildren of coffee producers. They themselves passed their love and care on to their sons, Lucas and Gabriel junior who are also dedicated full-time to the farm. In 1984 they formed The Labareda Group, diversifying into various rural activities although coffee is still the most foremost in family hearts and indeed remains their main crop. 

Gabriel and Flavia are more than just a farming couple. Their objective is to sustainably develop their region from a social and economical point of view. Fazenda Bom Jesus was a founder of the Alta Mogiana Specialty Coffee Association - AMSC. It promotes a greater conscience with regard to speciality coffee in the region as well as developing better farm practices. Performance bonus payments are also made alongside employees fixed wages. Flavia verifies that all employees on the farm must be literate and receive specialized training to do their job. As for the workforce, all their children must be enrolled at the local school.