Farm: Fazenda Lagoa
Varietal: 100% Catuai
Processing: Pulped Natural
Altitude: 950 to 1,200 metres above sea level
Owner: Marcelo Vieira
Town / City: Alfenas
Region: Sul de Minas, Minas Gerais
BSCA Fazenda Lagoa 100% Catuai - Brazil
Fazenda Lagoa - ‘Lake Farm’- lies at between 950 and 1,200 metres in Sul de Minas, the coffee heartland of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state. It is owned and managed by Marcelo Vieira, whose great-grandfather established his first plantation here on the slopes of Serra do Pau D'Alho over 100 years ago. The original farmhouse still stands, with its wide veranda and courtyard surrounded by Jabuticaba trees, whose fruit is also used to make jams at the farm.
These days Fazenda Lagoa combines a rich coffee growing tradition with thoroughly modern processing facilities and farming techniques. The fazenda has around 400 hectares under coffee, with lots carefully separated into different varietals - including Acaiá, Bourbon, Catuaí, and this Mundo Novo. The farm also encompasses some 600 hectares of forest reserves, which provide habitat for the hundreds of different native bird species found on Fazenda Lagoa.
The farm’s cherries are picked when ripe and processed at Lagoa’s own extensive facility, which includes pulping machinery, 6,000 square metres of drying patios, steam-heated dryers, 8 wooden bins for storage of coffee in parchment (‘pergamino’) and a dry mill. For natural processed lots the ripe cherries are sorted and moved to the farm’s drying patios on the same day that they are picked. Single varietals, such as this 100% Catuaí, are processed and stored separately in order to maintain their unique profiles.