BRAZIL FAZENDA BELA VISTA: MEDIUM ROAST
Flavor notes: roasted almond, dried fruit, golden raisin
Located in the south of Minas Gerais, the Sul de Minas region of Brazil is where thousands of smallholders grow coffee among steep slopes and sweeping valleys. With its rich soil and mild climate, the mountainous topography produces an ideal terroir for high-quality coffee. Mechanization is limited due to the terrain, and a majority of producers maintain colonial farming practices.
Bela Vista Estate has been in Antônio Lima Reis’ family since 1923. As the third generation to manage the land, Antônio stays true to his family values of high-quality production and strong relationships between people and planet. Over 430 hectares are devoted to coffee, with a range of varieties grown including Yellow Catuai, Topázio, Mundo Novo, and Yellow Bourbon, as well as multiple processing methods. The region’s mild climate allows Bela Vista to explore natural, washed, pulped natural and more esoteric fermentation processing methods and maximize the potential of every crop. Complex aromas with floral notes, mild acidity with citric notes, and high sweetness with red fruit notes are some of the highlights present in cup quality.
With a reputation as a top-quality producer, Bela Vista brings together passion and tradition to deliver a coffee culture built on sustainable pillars. Antônio is a Volcafe Way farmer and employs advanced agricultural practices to improve quality and efficiency on his estate.
In the static dried process, the coffee dries slowly in specially adapted boxes that alternate heat and cold air in 12-hour cycles. Coffee cherries continue dehydrating slowly while in contact with other cherries allowing fruity and winey notes to come forth.