Brazil Topázio Fermented Natural
Cherries in dark chocolate, ripe cherries and raspberries, aroma of Port wine.
Farm: Estrela Farm and Recanto Farm
Owner: Vinhal Cafés Artesanais
Municipality: Serra do Salitre
Region: Minas Gerais, Cerrado Mineiro
Altitude: 980 m - 2500 m
Harvest: May - September
Number of coffee trees: 850,000
Average annual production: 8000 bags of 60 kg
Varieties on farms: Red Bourbon, Yellow Catuai, Red Catuai, Catucai, Mondo Novo, Icatu, Topazio, IBC12, Geisha, Pacamara
Certificates: 4C (4c-services.org), RFA (rainforest-alliance.org), Ceritfica Minas, BSCA (bsca.com.br)
SCA score: 87.25
Processing: Natural - double fermentation
The Vinhal family began growing coffee in 1988, in the heart of Minas Gerais, in the Cerrado Mineiro region of Brazil, and over the past three decades, as they say, have improved their working practices and adopted the best standards in accordance with the principles of sustainability and respect for people. and the environment. It is a family company and all those involved in the cultivation and processing process are completely absorbed in coffee. Coffee trees are grown on the Fazenda Estrela and Fazenda Recanto farms, two properties in Serra do Salitre in the Cerrado Mineiro area. Over the years, the Vinhal family has received Rainforest Alliance, 4C and Ceritfica Minas certification and has become a member of the Brazilian Gourmet Coffee Association (BSCA).
The first to come up with was the idea of Seu Zico, grandfather of Rafael, the current administrator of the family's wealth. Mr. Zico, as his grandchildren proudly put it, was very charismatic and kind. It was he who planted the first coffee seeds with his own hands in the 1980s. And the family family Vinhal Cafés Artesanais could have grown out of them.
Father Afonso, alongside Rafael's mother Marcélia, took the lead when Seu Zico died. Alfonso is in charge of the most demanding side of the business, farm management. As we say in Brazil, he "wears a piano." Marcélie is in charge of one of the most sensitive aspects of the business, post-harvest microlot processing. Rafael, the eldest son of Afonso and Marcélie, is responsible for the commercial development of the farm and the brand. The family had never exported before, but now they are trying to get rid of their dependence on intermediaries, which is currently Rafael's main project. His vision is direct trade with customers and the fight against organized cooperatives, which have created a monopoly on the coffee market, so typical especially in Brazil. The goal is to sell to roasters and know your ultimate buyer.
Due to the current situation, we could not meet Rafael and his family in person, but thanks to our Brno partners from Chicas Industry, we managed to transport several bags of really interesting selections to the Czech Republic, without a large number of intermediaries.
We were absolutely thrilled when we tasted this coffee, not only due to its unique profile, but also because together with Rafael and Yourselves we can share the enthusiasm and passion, and bring out the whole process of cultivation and perfect processing, which is so important for the Vinhal family.