|Producer:||Elias Santana & Maria Irene|
The Serra da Mantiqueira mountain range is located in the southern part of Minas Gerais. It is internationally recognized for its unique cup profiles. Most producers in the region are smallholders who operate family farms. Elias Santana and Maria Irene are children of coffee growers in the Cachoeirinha community. They bought their first piece of land in the community where they both grew up, and committed themselves to producing high quality coffees through the dedication and love for the work that they had learned from their families.
Our red catuai lot has a syrupy body with flavours of chocolate, berry compote, sugar cane and prune. More flavours of the fields are coming through in the mid palate with notes of chocolate fondue and hazelnuts. The mouthfeel is velvety.
The couple are part of AMECAFÉ Mantiqueira (The Association of Coffee Women Entrepreneurs in Serra da Mantiqueira) and receive ongoing support from the association. AMECAFÉ was founded in 2017 and now includes 130 producers, providing professional development and other events for women producers in the region.
The region is differentiated by the unique terrain and the resulting characteristics that the terroir leads to in the cup. Coffees from Mantiqueira de Minas reflect both the place itself and the committed work of its producers. Mantiqueira includes more than 8,200 producers, 82% of whom are smallholders, and 56,000 hectares of mountain land planted with coffee. Most harvesting is still completed manually, and this and other practices keep the regional cultural heritage of coffee farming alive while at the same time pursuing new flavors.
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