The best of March: Micro-lots from APAS

APAS (Association of Producers from Alto da Serra) is located in southern Minas Gerais, Sao Goncalo do Sapucai, Ferreiras District, a region that stands out for its natural beauty, pleasant climate, fertile soils, altitudes between 1000 and 1300m, favorable to the production of specialty coffees. The association is formed by a group of 36 producers who every year keep seeking for improvements in the quality of coffee produced, which has been evidenced by the participation in quality contests in the last 5 years.

In 2011, during the 1st Cup of Excellence Natural Late Harvest organised by BSCA, APAS had 2 producers among the finalists in the International phase, one of them wining the 16th position. At the 8th Contest Quality Coffees of Minas Gerais, organised by EMATER-MG, 2 producers were once again finalists. In the contest of Coopervass, where 3000 lots participated, the 1st, 4th and 5th positions awarded were producers from APAS.

The coffees produced in this region, specially the natural ones, have cached the attention of the public after receiving excellent scores above 80 points on the rating scale SCAA. Consequently, the number of producers seeking to improve the quality through pulped coffees has increased.

Along with beverage quality, traceability, good agricultural practices, food security, social and environmental responsibility is the work of APAS, through the certifications such as Certifica Minas Cafe and Fair Trade.

 

Minas Hill Coffee has been working with APAS for the last 4 years, and this partnership ensures the acquisition of a limited production from the Borges family every year. Around 100 bags are delivered yearly, displaying excellent coffees that are also social and environmental responsible. At the moment, there are 7 exclusive micro-lots available:

 

  • Bela Vista Lot Q-139
    • Varietal: Yellow Catuai, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m
  • Bela Vista Lot Q-141
    • Varietal: Yellow Catuai, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m
  • Pinheirinho
    • Varietal: Red Mundo Novo, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m
  • Boa Vista
    • Varietal: Yellow Catuai, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m
  • Nossa Senhora
    • Varietal: Yellow Catuai, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m
  • Sao Jose
    • Varietal: Red Catuai, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m
  • Aparecida
    • Varietal: Yellow Catucai, Process: Natural, Altitude: 1330m

 

For more information contact marcelo@minashill.com.au.

 

Brazilian Cupping Night & the future of Specialty Coffee

 

On the 21st of February, Minas Hill Coffee organised its first Cupping Night of 2017 in Melbourne, showcasing the best of Brazilian Specialty coffee, including exclusive micro-lots. Amongst the 13 coffees on the table, there were 2 Cup of Excellence displays, participants of the most prestigious competition and award for high quality coffees.

The event was also an opportunity to discuss the future of Specialty Coffee and the role Brazil plays in the industry. Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer, accounting for almost 32% of all coffee produced in the world. It is also the largest producer of Specialty Grade coffee. The specialty coffee sector currently accounts for close to 12% of international coffee markets. On regards to the local customer, coffee is the second most consumed beverage in Brazil, loosing only for water, and specialty consumption is growing fast and consistently in the country.

Strong initiatives, as the foundation of BSCA (Brazil Specialty Coffee Association) in 1991, seek to disseminate and stimulate technological improvement in the production, commercialisation and industrialisation of specialty coffee beans in Brazil, improving the quality and envisioning commercial opportunities. BSCA also aims to promote the environmentally sustainable development of the industry, certifying lots and monitoring specialty coffee quality control seals.

The coffee nation has 16 different producing regions, and the combination of flavors makes Brazil unique, complete and deliciously attractive to be explored. “Every season, we bring the farmer’s stories and passion from Brazil to Australia, simply because we believe that a coffee without a story is just a meadow without flowers. It misses an important part. More than just coffee, we are about people. We build relationships with coffee-growing communities and empower them to work with us, not for us. Specialty grade coffee carries the passion and dedication from those who plough the soil, picked and processed the ripe cherries. Quality comes into bump expenses and a blessed sweat.” Said Marcelo Brussi from Minas Hill Coffee.

James, from Disciple Roasters, told about the experiences he had when visiting farms in Brazil last year. “Now, every time I roast a coffee from Bom Jesus farm, I remember of Flavia and Gabriel, how passionate about coffee they are and how hard they’ve worked to produce this wonderful coffee that we are lucky to have in Australia. It is also a motivation for myself, to treat those coffee beans with the same care and respect, aiming to extract the very best coffee I can.”

For the future of the Specialty Coffee industry, and they have all agreed, it is crucial to invest in education and awareness of responsible sourcing and production. At the end of the day, we all need to learn to value this little and affordable luxury item: an excellent cup of delicious coffee.

Top Scorers Specialty Coffees from Brazil to be cupped in 3 cities in Australia

Minas Hill Coffee, a boutique green coffee beans reseller, will showcase some of its best samples of Brazilian Specialty coffee in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

The cupping sessions will be held in February and March 2017 and the top tier of Cup of Excellence (COE) winners, specialty micro-lots and other interesting Brazilian coffee initiatives will be tasted. “The partnership we have with farmers allows us to bring the true spirit of the labour and passion throughout the coffee chain – from the crop to the cup,” says Marcelo Brussi, director of Minas Hill Coffee.

All events are free and will be sanctioned by the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA) aiming to promote the best of Brazilian coffee. Roasters and coffee connoisseurs are welcome to join the cupping sessions and share the farmer’s stories from the world’s largest coffee producer.

  •  Melbourne:
    21st of Feb, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The Cullen Hotel (164, Commercial Rd, Prahan, VIC 3181) | RSVP required HERE
  •  Perth:
    2nd of Mar, 5:45pm – 7:45pm, Black Matter Coffee Roasters (10/73 Walters Dr, Osborne Park, WA 6019) | RSVP required HERE
  •  Brisbane:
    9th of Mar, 5:45pm – 7:45pm, venue to be confirmed | RSVP required HERE

About Minas Hill Coffee:

Our origins began 102 years ago, when Francisco Brussi was born, in a coffee farm in the region where nowadays is known as Alta Mogiana. Francisco worked as a coffee picker along with his family who had just years before, migrated from Italy. Later, Francisco was employed by the Agricultural Department of Sao Paulo State, as a coffee classifier utilizing his expertise to achieve excellence in his career. He remained in this position for 35 years until his retirement.

Mr Brussi was the inspiration for his grandson Marcelo Brussi, who in 2013 founded an enterprise in a distant land. Minas Hill Coffee, and once and for all, showcases to the Australian market the reason why Brazil is considered one of the best countries to grow specialty coffee.