The Mogiana coffee region, which runs along the São Paulo side of a stretch of the São Paulo/Minas border, is named after the Companhia Mogiana Estrada de Ferro train line that ran through this area. [read more]
A peaberry is the result of the coffee cherry producing a single coffee bean instead of the normal two. Under normal conditions, a coffee blossom has two ovules which after fertilization develop into two distinct coffee seeds, or beans, within the cherry. In the case of a peaberry, one of these two beans does not develop and thus the ripe coffee cherry contains only one bean; our peaberry. [read more]
I was able to swing by the Ouvidor bookstore in Belo Horizonte this past trip to Minas and picked up several books, including this one on Milton Nascimento. Hopefully this will make its way into English. Written by fellow Três Pontas native Maria Dolores, it traces Milton’s biography from his father’s path to Rio de Janeiro, to his adoption of Milton, to Milton’s upbringing in Três Pontas, to his move to Belo Horizonte and encounter with the Borges family through which the Clube da Esquina would immerge, to his success on a worldwide scale. [read more]
I returned to Poços de Caldas to recup some coffees, in particular to find a better lot of Serra do Bone. Until now, only one sample has met my expectations, and that was a small lot of naturals from a competition. This time I walked away happy – finding a microlot of coffee that I gave an 86.5 – the kind of grade I expect for Serra do Bone. The hot water gun was a fun toy to boot.
Poço Fundo. Maria Carolina won a Casa Brasil scholarship and will receive tuition and books to the Centro Educacional Cooperar (CEC) school. From left to right, CEC school director Cidinha, Maria Carolina Dias Pereira Goncalves, Lucas Dias Pereira Goncalves, Marcia de Jesus Pereira Goncalves, Geraldo Donizetti Goncalves, and Joel Shuler. Maria Carolina’s father Geraldo is a farmer with Coopfam. Maria won the scholarship based on her academic dedication and talent. Congratulations to Maria Carolina!
Poço Fundo. I went back to Coopfam today to close the deal with Luis Adauto. This fair-trade competition winner is a wonderful coffee and I look forward to sharing it with you when it arrives. Naturally processed, sweet, full bodied, rounded acidity and a wonderful melon fruit in the aftertaste.
I asked BSCA president Gabriel Carvalho Dias if those in the Brazilian coffee industry were aware of Carmo’s quality during the IBC days. (Instituto Brasileiro do Cafe – a government entity that, for brevity’s sake, controlled Brazilian coffee exports in order to control world market prices and in doing so adversely affected coffee quality in Brazil. It was ended in 1990 by President Fernando Collor de Mello) [read more]