Welcome back to our "Meet the Farms" series, where we journey into the vibrant world of coffee origins and bring you closer to the remarkable sources behind your favorite brews. In this installment, we're excited to take you on a tour of the picturesque Mantiqueira de Minas region within Minas Gerais, Brazil. The birthplace of our cherished Brazilian Cake Lady, this region weaves together tradition, family-owned farms, and optimal growing conditions to produce a coffee that's nothing short of exceptional.
Mantiqueira de Minas: The Jewel of Brazilian Coffee:
Nestled within the state of Minas Gerais, the Mantiqueira de Minas region boasts a coveted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) due to its prestigious coffee reputation and exceptional growth conditions. Comprising 25 municipalities, this region is home to over 9,000 producers, with nearly 90 percent classified as small-scale farmers. These dedicated producers are united through cooperatives, allowing their exquisite coffee to reach the global market. This unity sets them apart in a country often associated with larger estates and mechanized processes.
Mundo Novo: A Crossbreed that Defied Time:
The heart of Mantiqueira de Minas' coffee lies in the Mundo Novo cultivar, a natural hybrid of Bourbon and Typica varieties. Discovered in 1943, it sprang from crossbreeding these two heritage varieties in Mineiros do Tietê, São Paulo, Brazil. The initial seeds were lovingly nurtured in the municipality of Novo Mundo, now known as Urepes. Strong, towering in stature, and blessed with a high yield potential, Mundo Novo does justice to its lineage, even though it matures slightly later. It's not until around the third year after planting that its first year of abundant production arrives.
A Symphony of Flavor: Brazilian Cake Lady's Profile:
The result of Mantiqueira de Minas' dedication and Mundo Novo's unique characteristics, our Brazilian Cake Lady is a delight for those who savor black coffee. With a crisp acidity that awakens your taste buds, this brew is punctuated by a sweet, nutty finish that's as indulgent as a slice of cake. Every sip encapsulates the essence of the region's optimal conditions and the passion of its small-scale farmers.
The Mantiqueira de Minas region is not just a location; it's a treasure trove of history, innovation, and flavor. Our Brazilian Cake Lady, nurtured by the hands of family-owned farms and inspired by the legendary Mundo Novo cultivar, encapsulates the very spirit of this enchanting region. Join us in raising a cup to these dedicated farmers and their meticulous craftsmanship, as we celebrate the harmony between tradition and innovation that makes Brazilian Cake Lady a coffee experience like no other.
Stay tuned for more exciting "Meet the Farms" stories, where we unveil the tales behind your favorite Red Bay Coffee roasts.