Estate: Fazenda Aurea
Region: Alto Paranaiba
Location: Cerrado Mineiro
Owners: Joao Antonio Lian & Luis Antonio Moraes Ribeiro
Altitude: 1250 meters
Coffee Variety: Yellow Catuai
Harvest: May – September
In the cup: Dried fruit, milk chocolate and cherry aroma, full creamy body, med acidity, med-high sweetness, notes of fudge, red apple, cocoa and custard apple with smooth finish
Background: Most of the better quality Brazil coffees comes from the Sul de Minas, Mogiana & Cerrado regions, but more specifically, from micro-climates or specific Fazendas within those regions. The Cerrado region is a savannah-like area, dry and flat that spans across many states in Central Brazil covering some 2 million hectares of land and accounting for more than half of Brazil’s agricultural output and some estimates suggest 60% of coffee output.
Moreninha Formosa comes from Fazenda Aurea. The region of Alto Paranaíba is the highest part of Cerrado Mineiro. After being involved in the Brazilian coffee market for more than 25 years, João Antônio Lian and Luis Antônio Moraes Ribeiro decided to invest in coffee production about 10 years ago.
At 1250 meters above sea level Alto Paranaíba has rich soil, very consistent rain fall and superb weather condiVons for producing great coffee. Harvest takes place from around May to September.
The farm has more than 50,000 square meters of patios for drying and processing natural coffees. The suspended patios ensure that the coffee dries slower and more evenly. The farm it self produces around 50,000 bags per year per year.