Brazil - South America
Brazil Prima Qualita is a three bean blend from Brazil's best growing regions — Cerrado, Otimo, and Minas and Santos. Santos is the name of Brazil's largest coffee seaport city located in the state of Sao Paulo. Most of the coffee exported through Santos is actually grown in the state of Sao Paulo and the neighboring state of Minas Gerais. These two states produce the majority of Brazil's coffee.
We deal with the mill that purchases the coffee from a group of different farmers. Brazil grows many varieties of coffee trees, but it is the Catarrh variety that is the most popular because of its consistent good flavor, high yield, and its suitability for mechanized harvesting. The Prima Qualita coffee are cured and processed by what we call the natural method. The harvested cherries are dried on huge patios the size of football fields.
The variety is bourbon, catarrh, typica, grown at an altitude of 1,000-3,000 feet and harvested May through October. Clean, sweet citrus (tangerine like) overtones, heavy body, light acidity.