Literally meaning "grass waterfall" in Portuguese, this coffee will take you to the rainforests of Brazil without leaving your living room!
You'll get notes of black cherry, mixed with chocolate and nuts. Low acidity and very smooth, almost creamy!
We met Gabriel Carvalho Dias a few years back and always wanted to work with his family farm. This amazing natural processed, sustainably grown coffee leaves lingering notes of marzipan, black cherry & toffee. It's rich yet very low in acidity! Perfect for any brew method (even espresso), but really amazes us as a pour over or as a heavy bodied french press.
Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama has been in the Carvalho Family since 1890. Gabriel de Carvalho Dias, the owner, is responsible for the property's management. It is located 3 miles from minas Gerais state line and has characteristics from the mountainous areas of Mogiana and from Sul de Minas. On this farm everything is done manually, which includes coffee plantain and harvesting, since its topography does not allow for any kind of mechanization.
Social and environmental sustainability is considered very important in the farm management. Gabriel has developed a program of planting native species to keep a better ecological balance. The farm has a school, a club and an official size soccer field for the employees'bejefit. There are 48 houses for the employees and their families, all with modern facilities. The wastewater is treated to avoid polluting the stream that runs across the farm.
The altitude of the coffee is between 1000-1250 meters above sea level and precipitation is between 1800-2000mm per year with an average temperature of 19 degrees celsius.Perfect for coffee!
Coffee is harvested manually on cloth, preventing the beans from getting in touch with the soil. The harvested coffee is immediately transferred from the productions fields to washers, with the separation of the cherry and the green beans from the dry beans, which are sent to the terrace to dry. The cherry and the green beans are processed by the coffee pulper, where the cherry beans are pulped and separated from the green coffee.
The coffee is dried under the sun on paved patios until dry, or on a second option, until the beans reach 20% humidity when the coffee is transferred to driers to reduce humidity to 11%. Subsequently, coffee is stored is warehouse, in wood silos, with low humidity level and free from doors that can affect coffee.
Creamy Full Body, sweet with notes of dried fruit, chocolate and nuts.
Altitude: 1100 m
Sierra Nevada, Colombia
Imported Directly by Mamá Chena Coffee Co.
Although not certified organic, O-JOE partnered with Mamá Chena Coffee Co. because they are directly related to the finca that produces this unique coffee. The Sierra Nevada Region is not widely known for Colombian coffee in Canada, but this unique location allows its farmers to grow foods organically, without the use of harsh synthetic fertilizers. What's more fascinating is the story behind Finca El Recreo - Alberto Sepulveda Explains:
"In 1917 my great-grandparents Papa Fin and Mama Lina traveled north to the Caribbean coast region of Colombia to Santa Marta with the intention of emigrating to Cuba to work in the sugar cane plantations. Whether it was fate, luck, or both, they missed the steamboat and had to then find temporary work in Santa Marta and wait for the next sailing.
Destiny took them to work in the coffee farms, located in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Working there Papa Fin had the opportunity to explore the landscape and discovered a dream that, within a few decades, would become a reality.
Papa Fin and Mama Lina had 9 children who helped them with the plot of land he was given. Among those children was Mama Chena. The family grew the land into a farm, and were able to become independent. In 1947, they acquired several more hectares in the region. Some of these lands are still in possession of Papa Fin's grandchildren. These farms are where Mama Chena's coffee comes from.
In 2007 at the age of 17, I traveled north to Canada on my own. Almost a year later I was joined by my family and we have been plowing away in London, Ontario planting roots in this place we now call home.
I grew up hearing stories about my great-grandfather Papa Fin and his farm. Since arriving, we have wondered how we could bridge the stories of our past and our present via coffee from our family farms. A coffee with a story to tell; a coffee that has seen just about everything.
In 2017, named after my grandmother Argenida, Mama Chena Coffee Co. was born. 100 years after my great-grandparents migrated to Santa Marta. Whether it was fate, luck, or both, we have to yet find out.
1917, 1947, 2007, 2017… Let's see what the next 100 years bring."