Crust Removal 101. This method is much easier when using a lighter roast, such as the one used for the Classificação Oficial Brasileira, or COB.
September 1, 2011 – I had the pleasure of being a judge for one of the regional competitions of the Concurso Cafe Qualidade Parana, an annual competition with the intent if selecting the best lot of coffee within the State of Parana. This particular competition was for the region surrounding Santo Antonio da Platina [read more]
Monday started early today, with a 6:30am bus ride from Belo Horizonte to Pocos de Caldas. Pocos has become a staple on my stops here in Brazil since so many great coffees are found in its radius. From the larger farms of Recreio, Cachoeira da Grama, Fazenda Rainha, to small family farms in Divinolandia, Serra do Salitre, Coopfam, Poco Fundo… the list goes on. [read more]
A brief video on the Coffee Leaf Miner with agronomist Petronio Naves, filmed outside of Patrocinio, Minas Gerais.
Casa Brasil was proud to organize and sponsor an opportunity for Brazilian Coffee Producers to see first hand what happens to their coffee when it enters the United States. Part of our purpose at Casa Brasil is to help empower coffee communities, and if one subscribes to the fact that knowledge = power, then this was a great opportunity for the 50 producers that participated to walk away with some new ideas and perhaps some new tools in their belt. At the very least, they got to see a part of the coffee chain that often goes unseen. [read more]
I am in Costa Rica, visiting Lisi as she finishes up her final field placement, and we took the opportunity to make the trip to Turrialba, home of the Centro Agronomico Tropical de Investigacion y Ensenanza, or CATIE. Along with the Instituto Agronomico de Campinas, or IAC, (featured in a previous blog), CATIE is home to a large genoplasm bank of coffee varietals, many of which came from the same 1954 FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) mission that fostered an exchange between producing countries. [read more]
I had the honor of being invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Rainforest Alliance Competition in Campinas Brazil this past Thursday. The Rainforest Competition in Brazil has nearly doubled in size every year in its first three years of existence, and we are proud to be bringing some of these coffees to the US. Here is a little bit about this year’s competition and the Rainforest Alliance Certification. [read more]
Campinas, Sao Paulo. This past week I had the good fortune to participate in the early stages of a very interesting project lead by Dr. Gerson Giamo of the Instituto Agronimo de Campinas (IAC). Over the course of 3 days, we evaluated around 150 coffees. [read more]
The 2010 Brazilian Cup of Excellence was held this November at the Center for Excellence in Machado, Minas Gerais. We often offer microlots from former COE Winner and 2010 2nd place finisher Carlos Sergio Sanglard and 4th place finisher Fazenda Recreio [Check webstore for current availability]
The top 5 winning coffees are:
1. Carmo de Minas (MG) – Grota Sao Pedro (Claudio Carneiro Pinto)
2. Araponga (MG) – Serra do Bone (Carlos “Sergio” Sanglard)
3. Carmo de Minas (MG) – Serra Tres Barras (Jose Wagner Ribeiro Pinto)
4. Sao Sebastiao da Grama (MG) – Fazenda Recreio (Homero Texeira de Macedo Junior)
5. Saratuaia (SP) – Sao Marcos (Norival Favaro)