Sul Del Minas
TOPAZIO - NATURAL
QUALITY SCORE: 87
Plum / Lime / Cherry Cassis / Toffee
Sul Del Minas
THE STORY BEHIND
Coffee production began on the Rancho Grande Farm in 1933, when Mr. Aneite Reis inherited 5 hectares of crops. Today, the farm is run by José Carlos Reis and his son Flávio (Fafa) Reis, Mr. Aneite's son and grandson respectively. The mission of the farm is to responsibly produce coffee of the highest possible quality, while protecting the environment and caring for the well-being of its employees. Several employees live in the farm houses and are provided with subsidised electricity for those houses, and food. The management is open to change and trying new techniques. For instance, several static drying boxes have been acquired to help improve the quality and profile of the coffee produced. José Carlos and Flávio have been working hard on improving the quality of their coffees for the specialty market and boosting all aspects of the production of these lots, from cultivating to picking to post-harvest treatment.
During the 2019 harvest some exciting processing experiments started on the farm, testing the boundaries of what is possible for the coffees from this farm. Initially there had been some very good results from using the new static boxes to help slow fermentation and drying to create the unorthodox profiles. By building on this initial work and adding another layer of pre-anaerobic fermentation before drying in the static boxes, some coffees with outstanding cup quality were produced. This range of coffees is named after a breed of horse, that the region is famous for, - Manga Larga. The breed is known for its high quality and special attributes; it is also part of the story at Rancho Grande.
Rubens Gardelli, the owner and creator of the roastery, is an important persona in the world of specialty coffee. He was the winner of The World Coffee Roasting Championships 2017. Three times on a box (twice first, once second) in Brewers Cup in Italy, Rubens also won 2014 WCE Italy Coffee Roasting Championship.