Brazil: Recreio Whole Bean

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Region: São Sebastião da Grama, South of Minas

Producer: Diogo Dias

Altitude: 1100 – 1350 masl.

Coffee varieties: Yellow Bourbon

Process: Natural

Drying: Patio

Cupping notes: Chocolate, Toffee, Orange

Cupping score: 85.00

Brock and Elia went to Brazil and visited many farms at the end of 2018, there were several that stood out, but Recreio was legendary in the cup samples they tasted that year. Recreio has long had a great reputation, being a Cup of Excellence winning estate. So when we were cupping for a replacement to Yamava, we were delighted to cup some stunning Recrerio and even more delighted to secure the best part of a years’ supply, which landed directly into Port of Cork on Jan 3rd this year! A great way to start the year, unless you were one of our lads who started the year helping us unload the container on a cold North Cork morning!
As one of Brazil’s most consistently excellent coffee farms, Fazenda Recreio delivers a cup reflecting evolved processing methods for quality coffee production dating all the way back to 1890. After 4 generations of managing Fazenda Recreio in his family, Diogo Machaedo is now in charge, and he plans to maintain the historic farms exceptional reputation as the world of Specialty Coffee continues to blossom.

Educated as an Agricultural Engineer, Diogo Dias Teixeira de Macedo is responsible for managing the farm. Following in his parents’ footsteps, Mr. Homero Teixeira de Macedo Júnior and Maria Dias Teixeira de Macedo, he started working on the property in 2000. In the past few years, he has been working to combine tradition and innovation in order to produce the best coffees and prizes at quality contests are crowning his legacy.Diogo  was a finalist at the Cup of Excellence back in 2001, and in the following years he has achieved: 2003 (4th), 2004 (1st), 2008 (2nd), 2009 (3rd), 2010 (4th) and 2013 (5th)