Process: Pulped Natural
Location: The Cerrado, Minas Gerais
Variety: Yellow Catuai, Icatu, Uva
Owner: The Ferrero Family
Cup Profile: Plum, berries and dark chocolate
Located in the Cerrado near the city of Patos de Minas, Fazenda Pântano is argued to be Brazil's most sustainable coffee farm. At an altitude of 1150 meters above sea level, and covering a total area of 550 hectares, the implications of the good practice here are huge. More than 300 hectares of the land are allocated for permanent natural forest reserves, which is six times more than the legal requirement under Brazilian law.
The farm has over 200 (mostly experimental) varietals, and is working closely with the Brazilian Coffee Research Institute to experiment with processing and developing amazing flavours. Coffee plantations cover about 10,000 square miles of the country; of the approx. six billion trees, 74% are Arabica and 26% are Robusta. The states of Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná are the largest producers due to their suitable landscapes, perfect climate and rich soil.