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 […]
Patrocinio. Today was my first cupping with Akio and Cerrad – a coffee sourcing company Akio runs that focuses on sending high-quality Cerrado coffees to Japan. Akio a great example of a person whose curiosity and dedication to discovery generate a wealth of knowledge while maintaining humility. He prepared the […]
One of the farms in the Cerrad farmers group is Fazenda Boa Vista II. Clezio took me to Boa Vista II today and was able to show me both their production as well as some coffee agronomy basics.
Patrocinio. Ze Carlos Grossi is a living legend in Brazilian Coffee. He is one of the first to plant coffee in the Cerrado region, the first to implement mechanical harvesting, and one of the first to produce large quantities of high-quality coffee in the region.