Tasting notes: pomelo, chocolate croissant, yellow cherry
The farm is named after an important Quilombola community surrounding the farm. Three friends planted the first coffee trees at the Jaguara farm in 2001: Antonio Wander Garcia, Rubem Carlos and Rubem Murilo. More recently the farm was purchased by Garcia’s son, André Luiz Garcia and his wife Natalia Moreira (and their young son Benício). Their philosophy is to plant with love and respect for the environment, and to help families and give them jobs (and opportunities) to have a better life.
André is an agronomist in the field of soil management and crop production; He is a researcher for the Procafé Foundation, a not for profit organization that researches and advises on different methods for pruning and producing coffee. Natalia focuses on quality control and is also involved with helping other producers in the area to improve quality and assist with exporting coffee. They mapped out the quality potential for the farm in 2015 and are investing and working towards improving the flavours and expressiveness of their coffees based on this map. They also pay particular attention to sustainable practices. They employ low-impact technologies such as using different cultivars, integrated weed management, pruning, and other techniques to limit negative impacts on the environment.
Coffees are picked both by hand and mechanically when they are ripe. Then they are hand sorted before drying on the patio. Defective cherries are picked out by hand during the drying period. Coffees are dried on the patio in raised African drying beds.
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