April 2014 - Antonio Rigno de Oliveira: Fazenda São Judas Tadeu

After working together for 5 years it's a privilege to be able to offer you coffee from Fazenda São Judas Tadeu for another year.

I first came across the farm when I spotted it coming 5th in the 2009 Cup of Excellence competition, then 18th in 2010 and 19th in 2011.  Since then I have been able to visit the farm, and have met Antônio twice. He's built up a loyal following of buyers and has stopped participating in the Cup of Excellence competition, instead focusing on looking after his existing customers.

Located in the Chapada Diamantina, in the municipality of Piata, Bahia, Fazenda Sao Judas Tadeu belongs to Antonio Rigno, who has been a coffee producer for more than 25 years.  This region is very privileged and distinct: temperatures range between 2 and 18°C (35 to 64°F) in the winter, making for very good conditions for the production of high-quality coffee.  Antonio seeks to plant the coffee in a sustainable way, providing technical orientation for the workers in the use of agrochemicals and recycling the containers of these products to avoid impacting the environment.  He also plants trees in the area around the farm.

On the farm the coffee cherries are harvested selectively by hand twice a day during harvest season, and are transported by tractors to the pulping machine where the skin and pulp is removed from the beans.  The beans are then spread on drying patios with the sticky mucilage still on them.  They're then spread in layers of about 4cm and mixed several times a day, to ensure even drying.  The variety is Catuai and the pulped natural process is used.

A coffee we're super pleased to be able to offer you and a farmer I'm so happy I'm able to work with year after year, make sure to try it via the link below...


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