The Cerrado region is in the state of Minas Gerais, the largest coffee-producing state in Brazil. Coffee has been a major crop in this region since the 1980’s mainly because of the devastating black frost of 1975 that forced growers from the Parana region to relocate north to Cerrado and other areas of Minas Gerais. Today, coffee is produced by over 4,500 growers on 175,000 hectares of farmland with yields of approximately 5.5 to 6.0 million bags per year. The coffee is grown in rich soil that the natives call “Terra Roxa” or “Red Earth” and other factors such as consistent rains, high daytime temperatures, and dry winters combine to make the Cerrado region ideal for producing coffee.
Details & Notes:
- Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Nuts
- Body: Full Bodied and Creamy
- Variety: Mondo Nuevo, Red and Yellow Catuai
- Process: Natural
- Drying: Mechanical Dryer
- Altitude: 915 masl (3001 ft)
This is the workhorse of our cafe! We use it as our Espresso and the base of many of our blends that we do for our wholesale partners. It is safe to say that we roast this bean the most of any coffee we receive each year and for good reason! Charge temperature is fairly low for this coffee and the goal of the roast is to stretch out the drying and Maillard phase. As a result, the development phase can be slightly less than 20% of total roast time. While that bucks the trend of what others may say is the way to roast, we have found this style to be immensely popular with our customers and one of the most user friendly coffees we have. It can be used as Espresso as we do in the cafe, or as a drip coffee or with a full immersion style of brewing.