This coffee comes from the town of Piatã in Brazil’s Bahia region, where the high altitudes, rich soil and temperate climate present wonderful conditions for coffee production. Incredibly, in the 2016 Cup of Excellence Pulped Natural competition, 19 of the 24 winning lots came from Piatã.
The coffee is produced by Antonio and Terezinha Rigno de Oliveira, who have been farming here for almost 30 years. They also run a cafe in town. The couple’s vast knowledge and success have garnered them great respect in their community, and many local farmers look to them for advice and mentorship.
Great care is required in order to produce coffee of the quality that São Judas Tadeu consistently does, from preparing the land and planting seedlings to picking and processing cherries. Antonio and Terezhina make sure their processes are reviewed annually by technicians from AGRIPEC (an agricultural support community) and they pay close attention to new technologies and innovations that may improve quality.
This coffee was processed using the pulped natural method. At harvest time, the ripest cherries were picked (during peak harvest, two picking passes are done a day). The cherries were then taken by tractor to the farm’s on-site wet mill, where they were sun-dried on patios with their mucilage still attached, and raked several times a day to ensure they dried thoroughly.