Familia Borre, Brazil
PROFILE Full & SweetTASTES LIKE Apple, Cantaloupe, ButterscotchROAST Medium Roast, Espresso Brewing
A micro lot from our old friends, Família Borre, this coffee is long on the palette and is sweet, sweet, sweet. Fabiano Borre is the third generation owner, operator of Fazenda Progresso - which was initially a potato farm. They started producing coffee in 2005, and facilitate the processing and export of all the coffees we purchase in the Chapada Diamantina region. Progresso stretches over 20,000 hectares in total, with 8000 being farmed but only 700 of that is used for growing coffee.
The Borré family are deeply dedicated to the preservation of the land and maintain a strong environmental approach to growing and processing. Fifty percent of that land is preserved and untouched as per local regulation of that region. With the farms being fully irrigated by both sub-surface drip and center pivot systems, water obviously plays an incredibly important role here. Fabiano and other local farmers in the Mucuge area meet regularly to monitor the levels of the lake the water is drawn from and to also discuss how best to evenly distribute amongst them. There's a strong commitment to quality which is present when you visit Progresso and see their processes. Harvesting is all done by hand by around 800 local workers, with 250 them being hired just for harvest. They produce wet, natural and pulp natural process coffees, and Fabiano has also been experimenting lately with shade and temperature controlled drying processes on raised beds. This attention to detail is what makes Progresso such an exciting farm to work with and purchase through.