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Chapada de Minas: coffee that became a cultural tradition

by Sep 28, 2021Coffee4 comments

Coffee is really an amazing plant, capable of adapting to the most diverse soil and climate conditions to produce its fruits. Of course, this requires different care in each region, which guarantees flavors in the same proportion: distinct, but always enchanting.

Enchantment is what the region of Chapada de Minas masterfully offers. Located in Vale do Jequitinhonha, in the northeast of Minas Gerais, the region received the first plantings in the 70s, when frost and cold affected plantations in the south of the state, as well as in São Paulo and Paraná. It is known for its natural beauty and cultural richness, today also for the excellent coffees it produces.

High quality produced by dedicated people

The Chapada de Minas region is a demarcated area that encompasses 22 municipalities, which together correspond to a terroir with soil, climate and altitude that, combined with the culture of its people, has unique characteristics that are favorable to high quality production.

The typical vegetation of the cerrado prevails in the region and altitudes vary between 700 and 1,300 meters. The average temperature is between 16 and 22 degrees. The rains that occur in the region are sufficient for the development of coffee growing.

In all, there are 5,800 rural producers in an area of 30,000 hectares, producing 400,000 bags a year and generating 20,000 jobs. In over 40 years of production, the region stands out for including the cultivation of coffee in its cultural traditions, as well as a source of directly generating value for producers; and indirectly for the 362,000 inhabitants of the demarcated region.

Fazenda Primavera, belonging to the Montesanto Tavares Group, is one of the properties in the region. Located in the municipality of Angelândia, it is part of a transition area between biomes, with characteristics of land and vegetation from the Atlantic Forest and the Cerrado. The farm’s elevations, between 950 and 1050 meters above sea level, promote the cultivation of specialty coffee. The climate also offers favorable conditions with average temperatures between 20 and 24 °C per year and rainfall from 1,000 to 1,300 mm.

The region in which the farm is located is mountainous and has vegetation that mixes the Cerrado with the Atlantic Forest, providing an exuberant and varied biodiversity. With high relative humidity, climate similar to that of Central America and clayey soil, the climate at Fazenda Primavera alternates between dry periods and heavy rains.

Coffee is grown on plateaus and undulating hills and there are streams and rivers throughout the farm. There are mahogany trees planted together with coffee, resulting in the production of beans grown in the shade, which ripen more slowly, giving a sweet drink with unique characteristics.

The coffee is mechanically harvested when mature and is processed in a quality station with the utmost care. The farm’s history shows its capacity for overcoming difficulties and its constant search for improvement, being a representative of the lands of Chapada de Minas.

Recognized and increasingly valued coffee

The coffee growing, which started with the arrival of several coffee growers from other regions, was integrated with cultural traditions, generating a positive impact on the region, recognized for its earthy-toned handicrafts.

The coffee in this region has increasingly stood out in national and international quality competitions and awards. it has a sweet, chocolaty, caramel flavor with hints of red fruits, with an intense and buttery aroma.

In 2018, the geisha variety coffee, from Fazenda Primavera, won the Cup of Excellence champion and the historic record for the most expensive coffee in the world. The award took place in the Minas Gerais city of Guaxupé, in the “Pulped Natural” category.

The “geisha” coffee beans from Primavera reached 93.89 points in the 2018 Cup of Excellence when it won the contest for the first time.

Thus, one of the coffees that Atlantica originates comes from this region, rich in culture and history. Always respecting its people and contributing to its evolution.

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