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IVAN DOS SANTOS

IVAN DOS SANTOS

Chocolate. Pecan Pie.

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Origin: São Paulo, Brazil
Roast: Espresso
Producer: Ivan and Rose dos Santos / FAF
Altitude: 1200 - 1350 Meters
Varietal: Yellow Catuai
Process: Natural

The dos Santos family have set their roots on the mountain of Caconde, producing coffee for over 40 years now. The region is truly blessed: with natural springs at the top of the mountain sustaining a beautiful area that we have visited many times.

The Cup

You will be enjoying one of Ivan and Roses best lots this season: clean, full bodied flavours of belgian chocolate, pecan pie, vanilla, currants and sticky dates. This cup is balanced and smooth.

About The Farm

Ivan is the youngest son of Gertrudes and Joao Hamilton dos Santos. Together with his siblings and wife Rose, a partnership began with FAF (Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza or Environmental Fortress Farm) in 2008 to change to sustainable, quality driven coffee farming. Fast forward and a whole region has been transformed, with neighbours collaborating and following the best possible farming practices.

Named after the Brazilian Roadrunner which is native to the area, Ivan and Rose’s Sitio Seriema farm is a model of modern, responsible coffee production. We first tasted coffees from the family in 2014 and they have helped change our perception of Brazilian coffees. With a high proportion of Brazilian coffee produced at the lower ‘commodity’ standard, it has been an intriguing journey to see the beautiful terroir of the country properly expressed.

Our relationship with Ivan and Rose has grown over the years and we have started investing in upgrades at their farm. With improved water treatment facilities the farm now fully cleans all water before releasing it back into the environment. Working with FAF, this project is now spreading across the region: helping to deliver a more sustainable model of coffee production.

The Process

Ripe cherries are picked by hand to be naturally processed and dried on the farm. At the height of the season, when the volume of picked cherries is greatest, beans are sometimes transferred to the neighbouring fazenda belonging to Ivan’s brother. For their naturally processed lots, the whole cherry is transferred to raised African beds to slowly dry in the sun. The warmth of the region provides the perfect conditions for high quality natural processing that helps to impart delicate, sweet depth to the beans.

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