Brazil FAF Lot #208
NUTS AND BOLTS
FARM/COOP: FAZENDA AMBIENTAL FORTALEZA REGION: MOCOCOA, SAO PAULO
VARIETAL: BOURBON PROCESS: NATURAL ALTITUDE: 1200 MASL
FLAVOR : MIXED NUTS, DRIED FRUITS, ROASTED MALT B O D Y : LARGE, ROUNDED
Originally known as Fazenda Fortaleza, FAF is a farm in Brazil that has been in the Baretto Family since 1850. When Silvia Baretto inherited the farm she knew changes would need to be made to align it with her natural and organic lifestyle. Along with husband Marcos Croce, Silvia changed the name to Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza meaning Environmental Fortress Farm. They then began the long process of converting the farm to organic and also offered their workers 50% ownership of the coffee they planted. In 2007 Marcos exported FAF’s first container of coffee directly to the United States. Soon neighbors began expressing interest in the direct trade model as well as their efforts towards improving quality. Today FAF is more than just a farm, they’re a network of like minded farmers, an export company that mills and ships coffee worldwide, and a center of coffee studies. This is the 7th year in a row Metropolis has offered coffee from FAF so they must be doing something right!
Brazil rings in as the world’s large coffee producer. At 48,095 million bags produced in 2010 it alone makes up over a third of the world’s production. Most of this is lower grade Arabica and even some Robusta grown to feed commercial market - think cans at your grocery store, as well as the soluble (instant) coffee market. This doesn’t mean there aren’t great coffees coming out of Brazil; chances are if you’ve ever had a shot of espresso you’ve had Brazilian coffee. While Brazil has historically processed their coffee using the wet method, the natural and pulp natural method are being increasingly used. Small family farms can be as little as 10 hectares (roughly 24 acres) while some enormous estates grow to be over 2000 hectares (about 4942 acres), and can produce more coffee each year than all of Bolivia! They aren’t just growing coffee in Brazil, consumption of coffee has been increasing by about 5% annually and if that upward trajectory continues they just may surpass the US to become the world’s biggest coffee consumer.
Only $14.35 / 1lb bag