Discover Sitio Boa Vista

Alessandro Alves Hervaz and his family have been growing coffee since 1993. They currently have 2 small properties: Sitio Esperanca and Sitio Diogo. They also lease 3 other small farms: Sitio Grotao, Sitio Boa Vista and Fazenda Fortaleza, where he lives, making it a total of 19 hectares of land only. They operate as a Family Farm, the title given to small farms owned and operated primarily by members of a single family.

As a member of APAS – Association of Producers from Alto da Serra – he works closely with other small producers, focused on specialty and natural coffee only. Since 2013, they started to peel the coffee beans, drying them in suspended yards and putting them into greenhouses. At first, Mr Hervaz admits that it all seemed impossible to be done, but thanks to his family’s hard work they are now proving that selected coffees result in a high quality product. They were even surprised by the new notes and flavors he found on his coffees. Flavors that they couldn’t even imagine it existed, and they keep working on always raising their standards.

At Sitio Boa Vista, Alessandro created a special micro-lot called Honey & Coffee, where the production is completely pollinated by bees. This coffee represents the beautiful work they do with beekeeping in the coffee properties, always aiming to improve quality and variety of their products.

Why have you decided to produce specialty coffee? – we asked Alessandro.

“Most of the farmers will say that the reason why they produce specialty coffee is to be able to sell it for a higher price, I don’t think this reason is wrong as the producers need to receive a fair payment. A special coffee is produced by a special farmer and he needs to be rewarded for that. However, what motivates farmers from APAS to make specialty coffee is not only the aggregated value on our product, but to know who is buying our coffee and where in the world are people drinking it. It is really rewarding to a small coffee farmer to know that his name is being printed in coffee bags around the world. It makes us very proud and even more passionate for what we do. Over the past years, we’ve been receiving many positive feedback and we hope a lot of roasters out there can buy our coffee and help us spread the story behind coffees and farmers from APAS over the globe.”

Thank you, Alessandro! We from Minas Hill Coffee also feel very proud to be able to bring such a special coffee to Australia!

For more information about APAS, contact marcelo@minashill.com.au

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.

 

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.