We are thrilled to welcome back Fazenda Da Mata for another season. The intense sweetness of this coffee from Adonis’ “forest farm” is the result of very slow maturation of the cherries. We selected this lot for its creamy notes of macadamia and caramel, with vibrancy in the cup coming the form of ripe stonefruits. The body is smooth and the finish is long and has rich notes of praline.
The farm benefits from a very distinct microclimate. The unusually cool evenings allow for prolonged maturation of the coffee cherries. This extended maturation increases the density of organic material resulting in a sweeter more complex cup.
Adonis is one of our eldest farmers we work with at 74 but one of the most energetic nonetheless. His farm, Fazenda da Mata, is a 50 hectare farm which covers an entire mountain side. He enthusiastically drives up and down the steep farm in his 1980 jeep checking the development of each varietal and always excited to try something new.
Fazenda Da Mata is a vertical farm, the bottom part of the farm sits at 900masl and the top just under 1400masl. It is on the mountain range called Mantiqueira Mountains in Brazil and comes from a Volcanic originating soil. In Portuguese ‘Da Mata’ means ‘of the forest’ and this name suits as it has a large part of protected rainforest dispersed throughout the farm.
As one visits the farm with Adonis driving up and down in his jeep you can feel the change in temperature as the jeep climbs. Over his many years of farming, Adonis has invested in terracing his fields making farm-work in part mechanizable and more efficient.