Aroma da Serra Cafés
Aroma da Serra Cafés

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BR-323-202007 • Past harvest

10th place: Nivaldo and Willer Arantes - Yellow Icatu Sector 4 Natural

  • Conventional (no certification): $7.00 USD / kgFOB
  • FairTrade: $7.4409 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: Brazil
  • Variety: Yellow Icatu
  • Process type: Natural/Sun Dried
  • Algrano's cupping score (SCA): 86.25 points
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The coffee story

We planted this Icatu many years ago at our farm, Chácara Nossa Senhora da Aparecida, located in São Gonçalo do Sapucaí town in the South of Minas Gerais. We liked it not only because the resulting drink is good, but because it is a plant that yields well under the correct conditions. At the time, the variety was being promoted by the IBC (Brazilian Coffee Institute) for its resistance and because the fruit tended to reach its maturation peak faster than others, saving time for producers and helping to reduce costs. We were one of the first producers in the region to grow it.

This coffee is an example of the general quality our farm has been producing this year. Quality has been great! It’s beautiful to look at a cupping sheet and see that your worst coffees are scoring 82, for example. The farm’s average at the moment is 85! We have some low-quality contracts to honour and - it’s kind of bonkers - we don’t really have the amounts.

My father Nivaldo Arantes overseeing this year's harvest

Our location and altitude are big contributors to the coffee’s quality. We are on the top of a mountain chain, in a plateau in the region of São Gonçalo. We discovered our potential only 7 years ago, when we participated in our first competition. We got 3rd place, but with a twist. The 1st and 2nd places were for micro-lots of 10 or 15 bags. Our lot had 250 bags! This helped us realize we could produce high quality consistently with good volume.

Since then we have developed some relationships with roasters in Brazil and in Australia selling directly. We also have created a Coffee Club to discuss all things coffee with other enthusiasts. Coffee is a great way to meet new people and make friends! It carries a lot of recognition for the producer, unlike any other crop. Have you heard of specialty pinto beans? I haven’t...

The Yellow Icatu: it's not a trendy variety at the moment but we like it. Good quality and good yield in one plant

Another interesting detail about us is that my father Nivaldo is a cartographer by trade. He drew all the maps of the farm we have at the moment. We decided to add one of them here for you to have a look:

Map of the farm showing the different sectors and the varieties planted on each of them. This lot comes from sector 4

Aerial shots of the farm

The competition

The competition jury in Brazil: Jack (right), William (centre) and Francisco (left)

*This coffee was scrutinized by 4  certified Q-Graders in 2 countries for the competition process with rigorous sensorial and physical analysis. Differences in cupping scores and notes are due to the use of different roast machines and lab setups. As the selection of the lots and the rankings happened in Brazil, the jury's score was kept as the main quality evaluation on the lot information page. Read the information below for more detail.

Algrano's QC
Q-Grader: Veronika Kečkéšová
Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Roaster: IKAWA 
Total roasting time: 6'50" to 7'
First crack: Around 5¨45", 194 to 196 degrees Celsius
DTR: 65" to 70"
Quality comments: Score: 86.25. Primary notes of Dried fruit, Stone fruit, Toffee. Secondary notes: Citrus fruit, Nutty. Lingering finish with citric acidity and a velvety body.

"Tasty dried fruits, raisins, velvety body and medium citric acidity with lingering aftertaste." - Veronika

Jury’s QC
Q-Grader: Jack Robson, Francisco Lentini Neto and William Batista Mariano
Location: Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Roaster: Speciatto, Carmomaq
Total roasting time: 8-9 minutes
Drying phase: 4-5 minutes
Maillard phase: 3 minutes
DTR: 50 to 70 seconds
Other comments: Agtron 63-65
Screen size: 16/18 (3.6% below)

The process

This lot comes from sector 4 at our farm and it has harvested mechanically. We actually had to buy this harvester this year because of the restrictions imposed by COVID, which meant that we couldn’t bring pickers from the North of the state as we usually do. We can adjust the frequency and speed on our machine so that it will only harvest the riper cherries. We also waited until the had a 70% maturation rate before harvesting to make sure the selection would be good. It took us 3 days to harvest the whole lot, which was then taken to dry on the patio for 10 days. It then finished drying on the mechanical dryer for 5 days. We have a strict temperature control protocol and dry the coffee at a maximum temperature of 30 degrees Celsius. The coffee also rests every night.
  • Process type
    Natural/Sun Dried
  • Harvest period
    July, 2020 - July, 2020
  • Average yearly production in bags

Coffee Quality Evaluation

Cupped: October, 2020
Aroma da Serra Cafés
Jack Robson (Grower)
Cupped: September, 2020
SCA Score
Jack Robson (Grower)
Key flavor notes
Dried fruit, Stone fruit, Toffee, Citrus fruit, Nutty
Jack Robson (Grower)
Dried fruit, Citrus fruit, Toffee, Citric, Creamy, Double cream, High sweetness
Quality comment
Tasty dried fruits, raisins, velvety body and medium citric acidity with lingering aftertaste.
Jack Robson (Grower)
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Aroma da Serra Cafés

Aroma da Serra

Brazil FairTrade
Small award-winning family farm

Produtora de cafés especiais de montanha Processo natural ou de fermentação controlada Altitude média de 1.200 m Perfis característicos: doce, caramelo, melaço, chocolate, cítrico, frutas amarelas e vermelhas, corpo e finalização suaves Colheita manual, mecanizada ou seletiva Localizado no sul de Minas Gerais, região da Mantiqueira de Minas, Brasil Propriedade certificada pela Certifica Minas da Emater e FairTrade Produtores: Nivaldo D. Arantes e Willer C. Arantes Instagram: @aromadaserracafes Facebook: Aroma da Serra Cafés E-mail: Phone: +55(35)99198-1008


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