Region: Minias Gerais
Farm: Fazenda Chapada
Varietals: Yellow/Red Catuai
Processing: Natural raisin
In the cup: black current, sweet, big body, tart acid
About the area
Sitio Chapada can be found in the municipality of Carmo de Minas, which is located Minas Gerais – a state in the south of Brazil. Minas Gerais is the main producer of coffee in the country. This is due to the cooler climate and higher altitudes.
About the farm
Marcus Carvalho inherited the farm from his father in-law, before that he was a professional soccer player, who played for a number of big teams in Brazil. His experience was incredibly limited, but through a great deal of hard work, he’s managed to learn the trade. Today, the coffee produced by Sitio Chapada is among some of the best in the world.
Marcus realised the importance of timing his harvest. Picking at the right moment greatly increases the quality of the beans, but when the time came many local workers were already picking for other farms. To combat this, Marcos thought nothing of paying his workers more. As a result he’s able to produce a much better quality of coffee.