small farm • Carmo de Minas, Serra de Mantiqueira
notes / hazelnut, chocolate, caramel
profile / full body, sweet, smooth, long finish
region / Carmo de Minas, Serra de Mantiqueira
altitude / 1200 masl
varietals / Yellow Catucaí
farm / Fazenda Santa Helena
processing / natural, dried on patios and finished in mechanical dryers
importer / West Coast Coffee Traders
Fazenda Santa Helena is located in Carmo de Minas, in the south of Minas Gerais, in the Sierra da Mantiqueira region. It has an altitude of 950 to 1,300 masl. Amazing soil quality and exceptional climate for the production of specialty coffees. Not to mention the farms well kept natural surroundings being totally preserved to deliver breathtaking landscapes for visitors. The family is in the fourth generation of coffee producers, Ernane and his sister Eleny manage the farm. The farm is not mechanized, so all crop management is done by hand. This ends up generating a higher cost in production, but shows through in the high quality they produce because of the extra care that has been taken during all stages or production.
Developed in Brazil, Catucai is an Arabica-Robusta hybrid variety that results from a cross between Catuai and Icatu.
Depending on the variety of its parental Catuai (Red Catuai or Yellow Catuai), Catucai can exist in yellow or red forms.
Catucai is well-known for its high yielding characteristics and vigorous growth. Both red and yellow Catucai have a small stature, but red Catucai trees are slightly taller than yellow Catucai trees. While both types are resistant to leaf rust disease, red Catucai is adaptable to moderate water deficit.
A good cup of Catucai is full-bodied, fruity and sweet, with a smooth aftertaste.