Region: Socorro, Serra Negra, São Paulo
Varietal: Bourbon, Catuai
Altitude: 925 MASL
Cupping Notes: Plum, Apple, Nougat, Dark Chocolate
Description: Águas Paulistas is a lot put together by our export partner from two Fazendas in Southern Brazil, just north of São Paolo: Fazenda Quintas da Serra and Fazenda 7 Senhoras. Below is information on each farm from our export partner.
Fazenda Quintas da Serra
“This estate was acquired by the engineer Waldemar Accacio Heleno, in 1964. Son of Portuguese immigrants, Waldemar had a passion for farming. When he was looking for a piece of land to buy, he was seduced for coffee growing, an activity Brazil has held long tradition and deep knowledge. Located in Serra Negra city, in Circuito das Águas Paulistas Region, Fazenda Quintas da Serra has fertile soils which required planting with large spacing so that roots wouldn’t compete with each other for nutrients. Over the years, Fazenda Quintas da Serra has devoted its efforts to specialty coffee production, being aware that a commitment in every step, from seed to cup, is important to obtain the highest qualities. Seed selection at the estate has always taken into consideration cup quality and screen size, and a partnership with the Agronomical Institute of Campinas has been maintained over the years. Taking care of the plants, harvesting, post-harvesting, warehousing and milling are also important processes. Nowadays, Loris Heleno, one of Waldemar's daughters and who possesses that same passion, takes care of the farm today, maintaining the family tradition.”
Fazenda 7 Senhoras
“The History of 7 Senhoras begins more than 100 years ago in Serra Negra. A history that began in other hands, with the coffee plantation in the former Fazenda São João. A farm with a history of coffee growing since the end of the 19th century, when more than 70 families worked in the planting. The peak was in the 1940s, when a processing plant and a small hydroelectric plant were set up. In the 1960s, coffee cultivation lost its strength, giving space for the exploitation of livestock. It was in the 1990s that coffee cultivation was resumed at the hands of Luiz Gonzaga de Bovi, who, when he acquired Fazenda Santa Olimpia, part of the former Fazenda São João, began planting 13,000 Catuaí coffee trees.
Later his son, Luiz Eduardo de Bovi, acquired the Bertoletti Site that had 10 thousand Catuaí trees and that also was part of the old Fazenda São João. In 2011, another 70 thousand coffee seedlings were planted, and the farm, 7 Senhoras, was born. More recently, in 2014, construction of the processing plant began, this is where coffees are milled, separated by screen size and density, and stored.”
Águas Paulistas arrived tasting lovely. It’s really clean, and has that sweet-nutty-with-a-hint-of-fruit profile that our favorite Brazil’s always do. We get notes of Plum, Apple, Nougat, and Dark Chocolate.