Fazenda Ouro Verde (Green Gold Farm) is one of four farms owned by the Naimeg group, a family business headed up by the founder Gerson Naimeg. Gerson, the son of a German settler and Brazilian mother, established his first farm in 1965 when he bought a small plot of land in Uba located in northern Paraná. Like many others, he and his family moved to the Cerrado to avoid the annual threat of frost and now they have four farms in the region. Fazenda Ouro Verde is around 130 hectares in size with 100 hectares set aside for coffee and is located near the city of Patos de Minas, at an altitude of approximately 1000 meters above sea level. The farm successfully grows varietals of Catuai and Acaia on the local clay loam soils and harvesting is mechanical thanks to the flat lay of the land.
We have selected a washed Acaia lot from Fazenda Ouro Verde due to its amazing sweetness and character which makes it a great base to espresso blends. The ripe cherries are machine picked and put into a Pinhalese depulper which removes the skin of the cherry leaving sticky beans exposed. The sorted cherries are then spread out to dry on a patio for a period of around 8 to 10 days depending on the weather. During this time the sugars and enzymatic byproducts are absorbed into the heart of the bean lending the cup its distinctive sweet and full bodied flavour – great for espresso. The farm has won awards in national espresso competitions in recognition of its good character in the cup. Once dry the parchment coffee is put into ‘tulhas’ (large wooden vats) where the moisture and flavour is allowed to even out during the resting period. Finally, just prior to shipment, it is dry milled and sorted to remove any defect beans before being packed into 60kg jute bags lined with GrainPro to protect the quality of the coffee during transit and storage. In line with Brazilian law, 20% of the land at Fazenda Ouro Verde is given over to a nature reserve where indigenous plants provide a habitat for wildlife. This coupled with the social standards which have been established for the people that work the land, has led to Rainforest Alliance certification for the farm.