This afternoon the COE international jury visited Fazenda Sertãozinho.
Carmo de Minas. Carmo de Minas has become famous over the past few years for the quality of their coffees. Their dominance in the Brazilian Cup of Excellence and the high demand from their coffees has created and then embellished this fame. Joao and Paulinho, cuppers from Cocarive, along with […]
Carmo de Minas. I attended a lecture today at Cocarive by Luiz Gonzaga de Castro, an economics professor from Lavras. The subject was minimizing risk, though Castro also addressed the issue of the ever-falling dollar. The lecture was quite good, with the charismatic Castro explaining the financial markets associated with […]
Poco Fundo. If Thomas Jefferson were alive, he would be enthralled with Poco Fundo. Or maybe he has been reincarnated in the form of Coop president and Luiz Adauto de Oliveira.
Poco Fundo. It’s odd to introduce a farm with a picture of the soil instead of a nice panoramic view, or even a picture of the farm sign. But this is what, I feel, Adauto is most proud of. He explained to me how this was “live” soil. In farms […]
Vicosa. If you are going to spend time in Brazil, you will quickly realize that buffets (called Self-Service in proper Portuguese) are the way to go. The food in Brazil seems to have more flavor than we are accustomed to in the US and its easy to get carried away. […]
Vicosa. Maximum production of the coffee plant occurs in its second and third years of growth. This is a relatively new technique (4 yrs) that capitalizes on this. Coffee is planted and then harvested every two years by stumping the plant (cutting it off at the base).
Machado. The government of Minas Gerais, along with partners at each location, has developed Centers for Excellence in Coffee (Centro de Excelencia do Cafe) around Minas Gerais. The purpose of these centers is to host training seminars and eventually conduct research relating to coffee quality. This particular center was opened […]
Tres Pontas. This town is the heart of coffee country. Real estate can be purchased here with payment in bags of coffee. It is also the home to one of Brazil’s greatest musicians, Milton Nascimento.
Varginha. In 1996 three teenager girls purportedly saw an ET in Varginha and somehow this turned into an “incident” and this “incident” turned into a major marketing campaign for the city (and, as you can tell by the photo, for the amiable aliens as well). So here you have it, […]