Fazenda São João

Rounded and sweet with toffee caramel, hazelnut and chocolate flavours, full body and low in acidity with a long aftertaste.


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  • Country: Brazil
  • Region: Sul de Minas (Minas Gerais).
  • Town: Nova Rezende.
  • Farm: São Joao.
  • Owner: Osvaldo Bachião.
  • Processing: Natural.
  • Altitude: 1,120 to 1,230 Metres above sea level.
  • Varietal: 100% Red Bourbon.

Osvaldo Bachião, the owner of Fazenda São João, is the 3rd generation to farm coffee. His family farm lies high in the hills surrounding Nova Rezende in the famous coffee growing region of Sul de Minas Gerais. The farm covers 150 hectares and has an annual production of 6,500 bags.

The farm lies high in the mountains at 1,120 to 1,230 meters above sea level, the relatively level terrain has enabled the family to mechanise approximately 95% of the harvest. The farm has 9 year-round employees and contract and additional 20 during the harvest season. The family always seeks to marry productivity with high quality, and for their 100% bourbon lots, such as this one, maintaining quality is a particularly high priority. As Osvaldo Bachião says, their Bourbon trees are their ‘babies’. Additionally, they conduct a good deal of microlot separation in order to guarantee the highest possible quality. 

Natural lots, such as this one, are rigorously sorted before being delivered to dry. Thin layers are laid on patios in the beginning, and these are left for 1 or 2 days without moving the coffee. The coffee is then moved to mechanical driers, where it goes through 10 to 15 cycles of drying, being fully rested between dryings, until it reaches the desired humidity of around 12%. This method has shown to preserve the quality of the coffee much more efficiently than full patio drying alone.

Roast level: medium roast.

Fazenda São João is very delicious in every kind of coffee method.