Brazil - Heron Reger De Carvalho Junior 250g
Farm: Fazenda Canto Galo
Altitude: 1200 MASL
Variety: Red Catuai
Process: Anaerobic Fermentation
Profile: Dark chocolate, banana, cacao nibs, creamy
Heron Reger De Carvalho Junior grew up around coffee and always enjoyed it, but only became a full-time farmer a few years ago when his father passed away. Canta Galo is a family farm located in Campos Altos, in the West of Minas Gerais. Campos Altos is not yet a certified coffee region like the Cerrado, but it has a very particular terroir and micro-climates. Here, maturation of the cherries and drying is slow as the farm receives direct sunlight only until 3:30 pm during harvest time, prolonging the drying period.
Since taking over, he improved the post-harvest protocols by making the patios better for drying. They do “intermittent drying”, the coffee stays on the patio to lose some moisture (up to 16%). Then it’s put in bags to rest for around 15 days. This helps to stabilise the humidity. Finally, the coffee is brought back to the patio to finish drying for another ten days or so. In total, it takes from 25 to 30 days.
This lot took 5th place in the Best of Brazil competition that was organised by Algrano. There were 53 lots submitted to the competition.
For us, Heron’s lot was outstanding.