70% of this Seasonal Espresso Blend is made up of Cafundó from Brazil. This farm is owned by Pedro Santana, a former banker, who left a busy life in São Paulo in 1989 and has been farming coffee outside his hometown of Piatã ever since.
The farm sits 1,360 metres above sea level, and benefits from the Piatã region's rich soil and temperate weather. 5 of the farm's 28 hectares are planted with coffee, which is grown under Gravellia trees. The combination of the shade and high altitude causes the beans to mature slowly, allowing sugar concentration to develop, and resulting in a sweet and complex coffee.
30% of the blend is made up of La Plata from Colombia. This coffee was produced by 15 members of farmer group Aprocoagrosh. This group was formed four years ago, when a group of 20 farmers realised that their location, expertise and passion for coffee gave them a unique edge in high-quality production.
The group now has 30 members, most of who live in the town of La Plata. Their small farms – which are all 1-3 hectares in size – are located an hour or so up steep mountains, at an average of 2,000 metres above sea level. The group has now partnered with specialty coffee organisations, which train the farmers in tasting and evaluation, and buy their highest quality coffees at premium prices.