Region: Minas Gerais
Arabica Variety: Laurina
Altitude: 1200 masl
Processing: semi-carbonic maceration
Tasting notes: strawberry grape – passion fruit – yoghurt – Maraschino
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In 1902 an Italian family started an adventure aiming to build a new life: they jumped on a ship to Brazil and started selling green coffee beans to final customers. What was special about this little business was that they decided to roast coffee and to teach housewives how to do it properly. Educating is in their essence from the very beginning, together with solidarity and respect to people, reminding that all of us must always “payback” to society, for the chances we’ve had.
The business grew with passion in doing our best to customers, employees and society. The family’s heart led them to invest back in the agriculture and in 1976 Daterra – meaning “From the earth” – was founded. Since then, they keep trying to offer always the best possible for people and to our planet.
Sustainability is not only about producing the best coffee in the world; it is about producing coffee for a better world:
- 1st Rainforest Alliance Farm in Brazil;
- 1st Climate-friendly farm verified to meet the Sustainable Agriculture Network’s Climate Module.
- Winner of the prize “Prêmio Fazenda Sustentável 2015” by Globo Rural, Brazil’s major agricultural magazine, as the most sustainable farm in the country
Steady climate, dry-fresh winters, warm-wet summers. Dry winds in pleasantly hot days and refreshingly cool nights: it is the perfect condition for amazing beans to be grown. This is what you find in the region where Daterra farms are located.
The farms are the oldest coffee plantations in the Brazilian Cerrado region, which is amongst the best coffee producing areas in the country. All plantations are located at an average altitude of over 900 mt and some terroirs are around 1200 mt.
Wind, sun and soil are exceptional for Arabica trees. The diverse altitudes and microclimates create conditions that will later surprise the palate with a large range of flavour profiles. Coffee connoisseurs and world barista champions often visit the farms, and we work together to learn innovative processes for coffee cherries and creating new micro-lots of exceptional coffees.
The Laurina varietal is original from the Reunion Islands and was almost extinct for many years because of the plant’s delicacy. The plant is naturally lower in caffeine, which acts as a natural insecticide: lower amounts of caffeine means a plant more prone to diseases and more demanding in attention. The trees are short and present a conical shape, and the beans are also small and pointy – for these reasons, Laurina is also known as “Bourbon Pointu”.
The semi-carbonic maceration is a fermentation technique inspired by the winemaking style of Beaujolais. The ripe cherries are placed inside and hermetical tank and the CO2 released in the fermentation expels all the oxygen from the tank, creating an anaerobic environment. The maceration is a result of the bottom cherries crushing under the weight of the top cherries.