Story: Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world. With such diversity, the range of coffee that it produces is vast – from small holder farms to vast estates. Soils, regional climate and temperatures make great growing conditions.
Brazil has worked hard in recent years to promote itself as a sustainable producer, and global attention has forced various legislature through to enforce the protection of indigenous habitats and forestry. Many estates have taken this further and included substantial conservation areas on their estates. Santos is a municipality in Brazil founded in 1546 by the Portugese. The exportation of coffee from the Port of Santos gave rise to the city and mostly accounted for the wealth of the city at the turn of the 20th century. These days tourism have also added to its economy. Of all the coffees growing in Brazil, Brazilian Santos Bourbon is Brazil’s best well known Specialty Coffee.
Bourbon is a natural mutation that was first discovered on the island of Reunion, then called Bourbon.
From a historical perspective, the island of Reunion is located in the Indian Ocean, East of Madagascar. This island was an important stopover on the East Indian trading route. When the Suez Canal opened, the island lost its importance.
Fortunately for Brazil, the trees imported from the island of Reunion took root very well and started one of Brazil’s main cash crops.
Brazilian Santos Bourbon is a light bodied coffee, with low acidity, a pleasing aroma and a mild, smooth flavor. Brazilian Santos Bourbon is dry-processed (dried inside the fruit) which is why some of the sweetness of the fruit carries into the cup.
Catuai is a cross between Mondo Novo and Caturra, and though it cups well, it is susceptible to rust, nematodes and diseases. Both are common in Brazil.