Juquinha - Orange, Pineapple and Raspberries
Producer: The Batista Family
Origin: Maria da Fé
Varietals: Yellow Catuai
Harvested: September 2020
Roaster: La Cabra
Roast Date: 29.04.2021
La Cabra and their superb sourcing in Brazil is very well known among the Specialty Coffee world. This lot shows very well why.
A place of origin that most coffee people would call the easy cup profile, nothing too complex, simple stuff, good for a blend... Well a completely different story since we serve and share the wonderful lots of La Cabra. This one is from the Batista Family who just turned their original soy and corn farm into an excellent coffee farm and harvested for the third time in September.
Enjoy probably one of the last yet most exciting lots from Brazil for this season as the africans are soon to arrive.
Unlike many farms in the region, picking is done almost exclusively manually, meaning no compromise with the ripeness of cherries taken to the fermentation tanks. This also means that the harvest at Juquinha finishes approximately a month later than many surrounding farms, allowing longer time for cherry to mature, building up sugar content and complexity of flavour. These cherries are carefully fermented in open tanks then dried on raised beds, allowing for one of the most unique Brazilian lots we have tasted recently. We find an impressive fresh fruit character that is often lacking in Brazilian coffee, with a juicy feel to the sweetness and acidity balance.
This lot comes from only the third harvest by this family project, run by brother and sister Weder and Rosane Batista, and Roseane’s husband Ivan. The farm previously belonged to, and is named for, Roseane and Weder’s father Juquinha, and was used to grow soy and corn. When the siblings took over in 2015, they converted their fields to coffee, and were joined by Roseane’s husband, Ivan Prado de Melo. Ivan brings business know-how to join the Batista siblings’ agricultural experience, having previously worked in quality assurance for a German car manufacturer. Together they set about creating a sustainable business, and for them this meant aiming for high quality coffee - concentrating on soil health, educating themselves on fermentation and lot separation, and building African drying beds. The farm is now 10 ha, planted in 11 lots which are kept separate throughout processing. the farm is located just outside the town of Maria da Fé, in southern Minas Gerais.