Brazil Monte Alegre Bourbon Natural (green)

Overview

Farm: Fazenda Monte Alegre
Town/City: Alfenas
Region: Sul de Minas Gerais
Varietal:  Bourbon
Processing: Natural
Altitude: 900-1,200 metres above sea level
Owner: José Francisco Pereira


In the cup: Sweet caramel,chocolate, big body, red fruit, nutty, delicate raisin. Rich mouth feel, light acidity


This is a great blender but also stands on it's own as a non-complex but solid and enjoyable coffee


Background: Acquired by the Vieira Family in 1917, Monte Alegre is located in the south of Minas Gerais in an area known for the high quality of its coffees. The right combination of latitude (22°S) and altitude create the well-defined seasons typical of mountain climates - the ideal conditions to produce specialty coffees. Concern for sustainability and coffee quality pervade all of the estate’s activities, from farming through to exports.


This large estate contains some seven million coffee trees of the Mundo Novo, Catuaí, Acaiá and Bourbon varieties, with an average annual production of around 100,000 bags. Sustainable farming methods are employed throughout the production process, including erosion control, intercropping, wind-breakers and water management.


Monte Alegre is also a haven for wildlife, with 8,525 acres (3,450 ha) of untouched native forest, an area that far exceeds the area planted with coffee. Another 2,424 acres (981 ha) are covered by protected wet lands, preservation strips along water bodies and reforested areas.
Most of the coffee beans are hand picked, sun dried and further processed on the farm, in three cherry processing and drying centres and one export preparation facility. The estate produces natural (60%), pulped natural (10%) and fully washed (30%) coffees.


Coffee quality is controlled throughout the process, from harvest to delivery, by Monte Alegre's team of agronomists and cuppers. The estate has its own quality control laboratory and cupping facilities, employing trained coffee cuppers to monitor the quality of all coffees produced and shipped.
The estate processes and exports its own coffees. Dry coffee is stored in wooden lined silos to be hulled shortly before shipment. Size screening, density separation and colour sorting are all carried out on the farm. Dry cherry and parchment coffee are stored in 44 wooden silos in mild temperatures and low air moisture. Coffee is only hulled and further processed immediately before shipment.


Monte Alegre employs an average of 750 people, 35% of whom live on the farm. The farm pays wages above the regional average and provides training for workers at all levels. The work force has full medical assistance, with a resident doctor, nurse and safety engineer. All families living on the farm are provided with electricity, clean running water, schooling for young children and free transport for older children to attend school in town. All employees’ families also have access to on-farm playgrounds and sports facilities, and workers are free to join labour unions.


Roast Notes:  Go easy on the heat up front, but build some good development when first cracks starts and take it through to the first snap or two of second before dropping.

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Brazil Monte Alegre Bourbon Natural (green)

In the cup: Sweet caramel,chocolate, big body, red fruit, nutty, delicate raisin. Rich mouth feel, light acidity


Green price is per kg, not including shipping.


Use custom roast section below to order this bean roasted anytime

$15.50
Out Of Stock
Crop Year:
2015
Our Grading:
Gr 2 Premium
Organic:
No
Directly Traded:
No
RFA:
Yes
Utz Certified:
Yes
Last Stocked:
No

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