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  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico
  • Fazenda Dos Borges - El Magnífico

Fazenda Dos Borges

Cupping notes

Chocolate, nutty and sweet.
Smooth body. Suble acidity.

La Finca (The Farm)

Located in the Matequeira de Minas region of Brazil, Fazenda dos Borges has belonged to three generations of the Borges family and is now run by Patricia Dos Borges and her three siblings. Her grandfather was the original farmer and pioneer in coffee plantation, eventually leaving the farm to his son, who passed it on to his own daughter Patricia.
Before becoming a coffee farmer herself, Patricia studied to be a technical engineer. Having finished her studies in 1996, she returned to the farm and started working in coffee. The job was initially challenging, but she was a fast learner and soon found success growing her own.
Around 2012 she began to look for ways to improve the farm, seeking a higher quality in the final cup. Focusing on caring for the land, she implemented changes to certain infrastructures to favour the quality of the soil and vegetation, stimulating the growth of the necessary nutrients that in turn give the drink greater complexity.
Today, Fazenda Fortaleza dos Borges is part of several organizations, including AMECAFE Mantiqueira, an organization aimed at supporting women producers in the Mantiqueira de Minas producing region. Patricia considers these alliances to be a key part of her continuous improvement as a coffee farmer.

Process

Harvested by hand and left to dry on cement patios or in suspension, the cherries are separated according to their quality. After drying, the separated batches are stored in resting boxes in the farm’s own warehouses.

Origin

The state of Minas Gerais is the largest coffee growing area in Brazil, accounting for almost 50% of the country’s production. It also happens to be a major source of specialty coffee, with its coffee-growing area a staggering 1,006,800 hectares.
Matas de Minas is a specialty coffee producing area currently made up of 63 municipalities and 36,000 producers. Located in an area of the Atlantic Forest in the east of the State of Minas Gerais, it has altitudes between 600 and 1,200 metres above sea level and encompasses the micro-regions of Cataguases, Juiz de Fora, Manhuacu, Muriaé, Ponte Nova, Ubá and Viçosa. All its coffee trees are of the Arabica species. The expansion of coffee growing in this macro-region was due in large part to the significant number of small producers who practice ‘family farming’ — with an emphasis on sustainability and natural integration between the people and the land — who managed to improve the volume and harvest quality.
The cultivation of mountain coffee in Brazil is the second most important in the country. It generates extensive benefits in those regions with fewer agricultural options due to the impossibility of mechanisation. Mountain coffee also has vital social importance as it is grown on small properties with an average of 10 hectares planted, employing many people in the cultivation and harvesting processes.

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