Heron Reger De Carvalho Junior - Brazil
Farm: Fazenda Canta Galo
Altitude: 1070 - 1230 MASL
Cup Notes: Dried Fruit, Lemon, Chocolate
Fazenda Canta Galo is situated in Campos Altos in the west of Minas Gerais. The farm is located on the fringes of the Atlantic forest in an area known to locals as “the gates to Cerrado”.
This area has a particular terroir and microclimate.
Canto Galo is managed by Heron Reger De Carvalho Junior who took over the running of the farm after his father passed away. As the farm was small with low-profit potential, the rest of his family wanted to sell. Heron resisted and instead, invested heavily in the farm, introducing improved post-harvest protocols and drying beds. He began to see results and the farm received recognition. This rekindled a forgotten passion for coffee between his family who have now all returned to work with Heron and the farm.
The platform Algrano opened the doors for Canta Galo to the speciality and foreign markets. Before this, Heron was selling good quality coffee at low-grade prices.
At Canta Galo, maturing of the cherries and drying is slow due to the climate and sunlight patterns. The cherries are mechanically harvested and spread on patios to dry. Heron uses an intermitted drying regime that is unique to his farm because of the climate conditions and works with the region.