Brazil Fazenda California
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Region: Jacarezinho, Norte Pioneiro, Paraná
Varietal: Yellow Catuai
Altitude: 750 MASL
Cupping Notes: Red Apple, Hazelnut, Caramelized Sugar, Malt
Description: Fazenda California, owned by The Saldanha Family, is located on the Brazilian subtropical region, Norte Pioneiro do Paraná. This area, adjacent to Southern Brazil, produces coffees of incredible quality thanks to a dynamic microclimate. Norte Pioneiro has nutrient rich volcanic soils, an average annual temperature of 20ºC, and four well-defined seasons with wide-ranging temperatures. This makes for an ideal setting for fantastic specialty quality arabica, despite the relatively low altitude, which is thanks to the latitude of 23ºS. On top of this unique climate, Fazenda California microlots are also very selectively handpicked, something typical to specialty coffee, but often not the case in Brazil where mechanical picking is common.
In 2004, the family Saldanha Rodrigues acquired the farm. A visionary and entrepreneur, Dr. Paulo Cesar Saldanha Rodrigues, who always said that "You can always do things better," started a new cycle of coffee plantation on the property. Unfortunately, a tragic plane crash in late 2004 prevented Dr. Paulo from seeing his dream come true. However, the project for production of specialty coffees continued. Luiz and Flavia Saldanha studied Agronomy at ESALQ/USP, one of the best Brazilian agricultural universities and stepped into Paulo's footsteps to pursuing that dream. Today, the farm has had 100% of its coffee production renewed. It’s structures and production equipment including harvesting, wet milling, drying, storage, and dry mill were all upgraded and a management system of sustainable production was set in place, adapting the property to the highest levels of the globalized market demand. Nowadays, the husband and wife team, who are both Q-Graders, share the same love for coffee quality and dream of extending this passion to the next generation. Heloisa and Maria, their daughters, live in this beautiful "terroir" and will be the ones to continue the family tradition.
Fazenda California stood out for not only having such a good name when we first cupped preship samples. This single estate lot has the robust body and sweetness you expect from Brazilian coffees, but we are big fans of the acidity that this one brings to the table. We get tasting notes of Red Apple, Hazelnut, Caramelized Sugar, and Malt.