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Fazenda Big Vale - Múcio Teixeira (Subscription)

Fazenda Big Vale - Múcio Teixeira (Subscription)

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Tasting Notes: Chocolate, Envy Apple, Wildflower Honey

Process: Natural

Roast: Medium

Brew Method: Filter


Country: Brazil

Region: Cerrado Mineiro

Producer: Múcio Teixeira

Farm: Fazenda Big Vale

Variety: Red Catuai

Elevation: 990 meters

Harvest: May–August

Múcio Teixeira began his farming career at the age of 18 on land given to him by his father, José Afonso Teixeira. On his first farm, in the city of Ibiá, Minas Gerais, Múcio farmed dairy cows, rice, and corn, and would eventually go on to plant his first 55,000 coffee trees.

Múcio used his first profits to expand his coffee growing operation into the city of Araxá, Minas Gerais, beginning work on the 200 hectare Fazenda Big Vale. Here, he continued enforcing the production practices that have become integral to his operation. Múcio and his team produce quality results year after year by providing good working conditions, caring for the soil, thoughtfully selecting varieties, and respecting the environment around them.

The success that Múcio has had in coffee farming has allowed him and his family to expand into new endeavors by founding the family business Agroteixeira in 2015. This business, run by Múcio and his children, oversees their coffee production and cattle farming, which now spans farms in Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso states.

This lot of Red Catuai coffee underwent Natural processing. Catuai was developed by the Instituto Agronomico (IAC) of Sao Paulo State in Campinas, Brazil by crossing Mundo Novo and Caturra varieties. Catuai coffees are cultivated widely across Brazil, and are known for their high productivity potential.

The Cerrado Mineiro region, located in northwest of Minas Gerais State, is a world-recognized, high-quality coffee producing origin and became the first Protected Geographical Indication in Brazil in 2005, with full Designation of Origin in 2013. A strong characteristic of this region is its well-defined seasons—a hot, wet summer followed by a pleasantly dry winter. The dry climate during harvest eliminates potential problems with humidity during the drying process.

Minas Gerais is Brazil’s principal agricultural state, and the Cerrado is home to many of the country’s celebrated coffee estates, with expertise in planting, harvesting, drying, and sorting. We love Cerrado coffees for their big body, rich chocolate notes, and velvety texture when pulled as espresso.

Today, the area’s 4,500 farmers produce a combined average of 6 million bags per harvest, with an average of 35 bags per hectare. To reach these production levels, producers had to first adapt to the region’s conditions. Coffee farmers first arrived in Cerrado in the 1970’s, after being pushed out of the state of Parana by frost and out of the state of Sao Paulo by nematodes. They found the soil in Cerrado to be very acidic, which they rectified with the application of calcium to create the healthy soils they enjoy today.

Cerrado coffee farms are cultivated in areas with elevations varying between 800 and 1,300 meters above sea level and are known for consistently producing high quality coffees with a repeatable profile. Independent of farm size, the spirit of professionalism is present throughout Cerrado’s coffee producers. Entrepreneurialism is part of farmers’ DNA, and many producers are second or third generation growers who also hold degrees in agronomic engineering, business management, and administration. While each family narrative is different, Cerrado is characterized by an enterprising attitude.

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