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, […]
Belo Horizonte. I was fortunate enough to meet with Aecio Neves, Governor of Minas Gerais .
Patrocinio. I was a little under the weather this evening; the immune system a little worn down due to travel and lack of sleep. Akio recommended four things that I have taken upon myself to dub “Akio’s 4 C’s.” They are Vitamina C, Canja (Chicken Soup), Cachaca, e Cama (Bed). […]
Patrocinio. On Friday morning Akio prepared another cupping for me at Cerrad.
Patrocinio. Daterra deserves several pages due to their dedication to quality and sustainability and due to our offerings of their best coffees. For now I will just concentrate on this visit. I will start off by saying this: When you walk around Daterra, you get the idea that no […]
Campos Altos. Akio took me to Campos Altos, on the outskirts of the Cerrado region. He wanted to introduce me to Ze Maria Domigues, a reputable producer known for quality. Ze Maria has been able to preserve a strain of Bourbon Coffee on his farm that is both resistant and […]
From Paulo Almeida’s Fazenda Botanica we drove down through the middle of the volcano and to Fazenda Cafelandia, owned by Paulo’s brother Jaime Francisco de Almeida.
Patrocinio. Fazenda Botânica, owned by Paulo Almeida, was the first of three visits on this rainy day. Akio of Cerrad coffee was kind enough to arrange the visits and take me to visit the farms. The first two farms we visited belong to the Almeida family. They are located in […]