Brazil Riacho Doce

Brazil Riacho Doce

12.50 15.50

This coffee comes from a single estate, Fazenda Riacho Doce (or “sweet water stream”) on the Vitoria da Conquista plateau, in the town of Barra do Choca, in the state of Bahia. Yellow and red Catui variety. Hints of brown sugar, raisin, and nougat in the cup.

The process: Ripe cherry was harvested during the day and taken to the washing station on the farm at the end of the afternoon, where it was de-pulped and left to rest in fermentation tanks for 12–15 hours. (In Brazil, washed coffees that undergo this fermentation step are referred to as "fully washed.") After fermentation, the beans were washed and sent to slowly dry in greenhouses.

Planalto da Bahia is a large plateau in the middle of one the driest parts of the northern region of Caatinga. Many of the farms hand-pick the crops. It’s a diverse region, and is known for a fully washed process done in fermentation tanks; combined with the terroir and special post-harvest process, it results in a unique cup.

The producer: Marinalva Ivo das Neves (Nalva, to her friends) took over her farm in 1986, after going through a divorce.  “In the beginning, I had a lot of difficulties, mainly because of a lack of financial resources and knowledge about how to handle the land. But I was always a curious lady ... I used to stop my car at unknown coffee plantations to get to know other farmers and see what they were doing. I also became a constant presence in technical meetings, lectures about coffee and started to read a lot of material about coffee. I guess that my curiosity and passion for coffee are what made my fate as a successful coffee grower, even while going through other difficulties beyond my control, such as adverse weather conditions and long cycles of low prices.”

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