Country: Brazil (Minas Gerais)
Farmer: Jose Wagner Ribeiro Junqueira & family
Varietal: Yellow Bourbon
Processing: Pulped Natural
Altitude: 1100 – 1450 MASL
Tasting notes: Chocolate, nougat & roasted hazelnut
The Junqueira family has cultivated coffee at Serra das Tres Barras for 8 generations. Today, Jose Wagner Ribeiro Junqueira is joined by his sons Kleber, Ralph and Herbert de Castro Junqueira, and his wife, Margarida Maria de Castro Junqueira. The Junqueira family cultivates cherry at 1,100 to 1,450 meters above sea level with a focus on high-quality production. The result is an unforgettable coffee that’s sweet and complex with cacao and a brown sugar sweetness.
Serra das Tres Barras is an exception among Brazilian farms. Labor costs are high in Brazil and it is often unaffordable to hire enough workers to harvest large farms. Instead, most farms use machines to harvest cherry. However, Serra das Tres Barras hires workers to selectively handpick cherry. They spread cloth on the group to keep cherry from falling in the dirt. Harvested cherry is taken to the farm’s processing center.