|PLANTING AND VARIETALS|
We have our own “nursery” to reproduce the best varieties suitable for the Cerrado region.
Currently we have the following varietals planted in our farms:
- Red Catuaí 144
- Red Catuaí 99
- Yellow Catuaí 62
- Yellow Bourbon
- Acaiá 479
- Mundo Novo
- Yellow Icatu 3282
- Yellow Tupy
- IAC – Instituto Agronômico de Campinas
Cupping all lots prior to harvesting is essential. The cherries may look mature, but only cupping profile can determine whether a lot is ready or not to be picked.
Harvesting is done both manually and mechanically. We will hand pick the younger and more delicate trees and for the other trees we will do the selective mechanical harvesting.
The new “Braud 9000L” mechanical harvester was first developed for grapes and is used in 70% of the area. This machine enables faster harvesting, so when we start harvesting one lot due to its perfect maturation stage, the harvester speed allow us to pick all the coffee with minimum time difference. It also helps avoiding diseases as almost no coffee is left behind on the trees and at the ground.
Being fast doesn’t mean not being gentle. We are able to adjust this machine for selective harvesting when necessary.
|We work with two wet millings in each of the two farms. One wet milling was projected for greater volume and can separate maturation in 5 different stages. A smaller one is designated for potential micro-lots, so there is no risk of mixing it out with other coffees. During the pre-harvesting cupping we determine which lot goes through each wet milling.|
|We currently work with a set of 24 drum dryers – 12 in each farm. All specialty lots are sun dried and then go to the drum dryers. Each drum dryer – around 40 bags – is cupped by our Quality Control team. This is essential to make sure the lots were processed the way should have and to identify the crop different cupping profiles.
“African beds” are also used by the very special potential micro-lots identified during the pre-harvesting cuppings.
|DRY MILLING AND ELETRONIC SORTING|
|A set of complete equipment to sort defects out is available at our facility – screening (size) , densimetric tables (density) and so on.
For fine tuning we use the “Sortex Z+” which sorts defects by slightly difference in color through infrared optical reader.
|We currently work with the “Jutex” packaging and Grain Pro®.
The Jutex 60® kilos coffee bags are made out of polypropylene material which is 100% recyclable. The threads are seized in a way that the coffee beans are still able to breathe just like in jute bags, but without any trace of jute taste or odor transferred to the coffee.
The Grain Pro® is a water-resistant and gastight storage solution and is made of multilayer polyethylene (PE). It is used as an inner liner for our Jutex® bags.
In partnership with some suppliers and institutions in Brazil we are researching new options for air tight and non-breathable green coffee packaging.
We should have exciting news coming up soon!
|With over 3.500 hectares of planted area, our average production is 100.000 bags of Arabica coffee. This capacity allied with the Quality Standards of ISO 9.001, 2 different processing methods and the nine different varieties enable us to deliver the blends consistency shipment after shipment and crop after crop.|