Brazil Monte Verde
Sweet, full body, clean, chocolate with buttery caramel
Fazenda Monte Verde is an award-winning farm in the region of Sul de Minas, in the state of Minas Gerais. With elevation ranging from 1000 – 1260 meters (3100 to 4300 feet) above sea level, Monte Verde is situated in a geographically advantageous coffee-growing region and produces six different varieties on 573 hectares alongside 169 hectares of natural reserve lands. The farm has a focus on long-term sustainability and has incorporated an array of modern practices, such as satellite guided precision agriculture. Much of the staff has been working on the farm for over 5 years while some have have worked on the farm their entire lives. Many workers from the younger generations took their first job on Monte Verde. Members of the staff demonstrate a solid commitment to quality coffee production and take pride in their work.
The farm was selected as a Brazil Cup of Excellence finalist in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and won first place in the 2012 EMATER, Minas Gerais State Quality Contest Natural and Pulp Natural categories.The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and in its 5th year as “CERTIFICA MINAS”.
The farm is notable for its rich diversity of bird species: orange and green billed Toucans, hawks, and parrots. Endangered wolf species hunt rats in the pasture and a troop of monkeys that are often heard but rarely seen. Occasionally, one can see “micros” or very small black monkeys with white faces. The region is representative of 3 biomes (Atlantic Forest, Cerrado and Caatinga).
The farm contains 417 acres of natural reserve.Twenty-five independent natural springs start on the farm, which in turn supports the water consumption of a large surrounding area.