Falling within Brazils famous Cerrado that makes up nearly 23% of the entire country, Daterra are the world’s first grade A rainforest certified farm of any business, and a walk around the trees will reveal a stunning array of birds and wildlife, from toucans and burrowing owls to squirrel monkeys and maned wolves. Over 60% of the land they own is given over to nature reserves. The farm itself is split into many lots, each with a designated agronomist to care for the particular varietal and aspect each lot can define. With over 100 different varietals on their farms, development is tracked and planting paired with appropriate varietal.
Selective mechanical picking occurs typically with 40-60% ripe coffee on the tree, with 5% green, 10% underripe, and the rest tree dried. Each brings its own unique characteristics to a coffee, so a sample is picked, processed and roasted to check taste is as expected before the order is given to pick the specific lot. Sorting is done on a specially adapted wet mill, first with density sorting that removes overripes, then with the drier and natural beans being sorted from the ripes, underripes and greens. Pulped (or semi washed) coffees are the ripest cherries directed to specially built and carefully calibrated waterjet silos, where the bean inside is forced from the cherry at a different water pressure as a way of ensuring precise maturation levels of cherry. The riper cherries require very low water pressure whilst green, unripes, don’t budge.
About this coffee
Cupping score: 85.25
Farm: Buena Vista
Producer: Daterra Coffee
Region: Cerrado Mineiro
Altitude: 1150 MASL
Mixed variety – Each finished lot is tasted for exact flavour profiles and blended for required taste profile. Once complete, beans are then size, density, and triple colour sorted before packing in to poly bags ready for shipping.
Natural sundried, also called “natural process” or “dry process,” means drying coffee cherries whole without the intervention of water or machines to remove any of the fruit. Prior to drying, the cherries are picked, floated in water, and sorted to remove any under-ripe or overripe fruit.