This coffee comes from Fazenda Paraiso which was founded in 1977. Located 1400m above sea level at the foot of Serra da Pedra Brance, the small 7 hectare farm has the perfect conditions for specialty coffee, with a high altitude, nutrient rich soil and temperate climate.
Sitio Paraiso is owned by the Fortes Bustamante family. They work very closely with agronomist José Carlos de Oliveira who is very focused on producing the best quality possible. Due to the steeper inclines on the farm, and their focus on quality, all coffee at Sitio Paraiso is selected by hand, which is something that is quite unique in Brazil (many farms use machinery for picking and sorting in Brazil). 20 workers are employed during the harvest period on the farm. In addition to coffee, the Fortes Bustamante family also grow citrus trees and bananas on the farm.
This coffee was placed 24th in the Cup of Excellence Competition, a strict competition in which an international jury selects the very best coffees produced in a given country in a given year. This coffee was given a score of 86.19 in the competition. It is the 4th time the Fortes Bustamante family have won a Cup of Excellence award.
Only 13 bags were produced of this particular Cup of Excellence lot. Under the guidance of Jose Carlos de Oliveira, cherries were hand picked when perfectly ripe and transported to Chácara Santo Inácio, in the neighboring city of Pedralva, Minas Gerais where the coffee was immediately washed, graded and pulped. The coffee was then dried on patios for a couple of days before being transferred to open greenhouses and raked 6 to 8 times per day until reaching the ideal humidity.
The Fortes Bustamante family were very excited to win a Cup of Excellence award and plan to invest their winnings in planting more trees and improving the quality that they produce.