Producer: Noeli & Lucimar Zavarez de Paula Location: Sitio Rancho Dantas, Espírito Santo Altitude: 800 - 1,100 masl Cultivar: Red Catuai Process: Pulped Natural Flavour profile: TBC
Noeli and Lucimar de Paula are the husband-and-wife team behind this farm called Sítio Rancho Dantas (a common farm name in this area, which can often cause confusion to microlot buyers). They inherited the property from Sebastião Pereira de Paula, the family's patriarch, and the farm is adjacent to the land of his Noeli's uncle Valdeir de Paula, who is also a specialty-coffee grower. Noeli is particularly interested in processing experiments, even attempting what is called "biological fermentation," a full Washing process inspired by coffee producers in Guatemala.
Half of this farm is covered in native forest, which creates an ideal situation for coffee to grow. There are also abundant sources of water, and the de Paulas are interested in conservation activities such as planting more native trees and protecting local wildlife.
The small, coastal state of Espírito Santo is located in the southeast of Brazil and contains microclimates unlike virtually anywhere else in the country: Brazil's traditional Natural process is practically impossible here, as well, due to the heavy mists and fog that roll across the coffee farms in the mountains. The landscape is lush and green, home to diverse animals and plants, including delicious coffees.