Much of the coffee in Brazil comes from mega-farms and is grown for the commodity market, with very few reaching specialty grades, which is an SCA (Speciality Coffee Association) grade of 84 and above. But some small-scale farmers are ensuring Brazil gets some representation in the specialty coffee world, Olney Barreira Junior, the owner of Fazenda Santa Barbara being one of them. Olney Barreira Junior acquired the farm in 2012 and has since replanted the farm with new varietals such as the rare Acaia which is the type we have sent you. He has also upgraded the farm’s equipment and improved processing facilities to improve the quality of coffee that the farm can produce. His efforts have been rewarded with high grading coffees, this one being an 84, and we expect to see this rating go up as the farm continues to improve.
Fazenda Santa Barbara is located in the Campo de Vetentes region in the Mantiquira Fields mountainous region, which provides high altitude, cool temperatures, and rainfall essential to growing good coffee. The coffee is shade-grown and, as is required by Brazilian law, 20% is dedicated as a natural reserve where native plants can flourish and no coffee planting is allowed.