Sitio Colinas Brazil
Sitio Colinas is perhaps most known for its natural coffees. This is because the farm ranked first in the 2012 Cup of Excellence naturals competition. Yet, the pulped natural coffees they produce are just as delicious! This lot has a layered sweet profile in which we found hibiscus along vanilla and red grapes.
Sitio Colinas has a long-standing tradition in coffee production. At first, the estate was called Capinzal and covered a larger area. As the estate passed through the family from generation to generation, it was split up and various heirs got ownership of a part of land. Nowadays, Luiz Flávio Pereira do Castro manages his part that he called Sitio Colinas. He puts great emphasis on social and environmental responsability. Sitio Colinas stricly follows labour laws and has an installation in place to pulp the beans with less waste water production.
The estate is located in Carmo de Minas, in the highlands of Mantiqueira de Minas, Southern Minas Gerais. The altitude in this region varies from 1100 to 1300 meters above sea level.
The staff at Sitio da Torre is greatly aware of the importance of immaculate post-harvest practices. The terroir is already responsible for great part of the coffee’s quality, but during processing great skill and dedication of the quality manager and staff are essential. Sitio Colinas has a concrete drying patio. Here, the coffee is spread out in a thin layer and turned regularly so the beans dries uniformly. The quality team constantly monitors its moisture level.
Once dried down to a moisture level of 12%, the dried parchment is moved to wooden bins in the storage room. Here, the beans undergo a necessary resting period to stabilize the beans. One month later, Cocarive collects the coffee for storage in their warehouses in Carmo de Minas. They run various quality checks on the coffee. Cocarive takes further care of marketing and exporting the coffee.
Mantiqueira de Minas & Cocarive
On the Minas Gerais State side of the Mantiqueira Mountain Ridge (Serra da Mantiqueira) lies the Mantiqueira de Minas region. This microregion is currently the region with most awards in Brazilian national competitions. This is in part thanks to the experience and tradition of the producers for producing quality coffees. Also, not less important in the creation of quality coffee, are the characteristics of the region. Mantiqueira de Minas has many hills and plateaus with an altitude up to 1300 meters above sea level. The soils in the region are also rich in mineral content. In 2011, Mantiqueira de Minas received a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) due to its tradition and worldwide reputation for producing high quality coffees.
All Cocarive member farms have this PGI certificate. On top of that, they are all certified by the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA). This certificate is a guarantee from BSCA that every aspect of labour at the farm is legal. It also guarantees the implementation environmentally friendly practices on the farm during all steps of the coffee production process.
Cocarive is a cooperative and exporter with warehouses and a dry mill in Carmo de Minas, Minas Gerais. Cocarive assists its members in the marketing and export for international markets. At the dry mill, they prepare the coffee for export. Their quality control team checks the quality of every lot on various moments, both on organoleptic and physical characteristics.