One 12 oz. compostable Biotre bag.
Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza (Environmental Fortress Farm) is the premier coffee farm in Brazil and a leader amongst the international coffee community. This is our oldest producer relationship, dating back to our humble beginnings in the early 2000s, when we first met Marcos Croce, Silvia Barretto, and the family. With quality control spearheaded by their son and our dear friend, Felipe Croce, the attention to detail in terms of lot selection and separation is paralleled by few producers the world over. We have sourced different lots from their farm and many of the connected farms working under the FAF banner over the years. As their knowledge and skills of organic farming and proper processing techniques continues to grow, so does the network of other families’ farms that are working with FAF and adopting the same methods. Their goal is beautifully simple - promote total coffee quality and sustainability and find other farmers who share the same desire. For the FAF family, this concept of total quality is “found at the intersection of sensorial quality with holistic sustainable practices that ensures quality of life for all involved. Coffee quality comes first, and it is what gets you in the door. This must be followed up with more farms switching to organic or more sustainable alternatives. Planting new varieties, improving processing, and producing better tasting coffee. Building a new generation with a bright future.”
Tucked away in the municipality of Mococa, near the borders of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, is a small mountain chain that reaches 1200 masl . At the top of this mountain chain are several springs that form the beginning of the river Rio Canoas - a very important river for coffee production in the valley. This area was first settled around the 1820s as what was once called Fazenda Agua Limpa (Clean Water Farm). Over the years, the land was separated and small pieces were inherited by different family members or sold off to others for farming. Today, the owners of these neighboring farms are making efforts to think of the land as a collective space again. The forests from each of the farms are being connected to have ample space and crossings for wildlife. Reforesting is bringing back the vitality of several springs and the farmers are meeting together more frequently to join forces in creating a sustainability oriented plan.
There are two key farmers that are leading the group - Flavio Salles Machado and Roberto Bosenberg. Coffee from their farms, Fazenda Morro Azul and Fazenda Santo Antonio, respectively, are combined to make up our lot of Agua Limpa. They have been working extremely hard to improve both sustainability and quality on all levels of production. A revered cachaça maker and lover of innovative processes, Flavio’s passion lies in the minutia of production. He recently installed a destoner on his patio and is separating higher density beans to reserve only for his top lots. Roberto has taken to cupping and tasting and pushing his knowledge of flavor. This year he became a certified Q-grader and installed a cupping lab on his farm. Together, they are a perfect team that share the vision of total coffee quality.
Agua Limpa exemplifies all of the classic characteristics from many of the FAF coffees we have offered in the past. Coffees from this region are emblematically laden with flavors of chocolate, nuts, and ripe red fruits. The body is distinctly full and sweet like almond butter. The acidity is incredibly balanced and only adds minor touches of fruit flavor. This is your classic every day drinker. Performs great with any type of brewing method or milk addition you can dream of! We’re tasting: chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nougat, almond butter, brown sugar, hazelnut, dried fruit, strawberry.