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Our Head of coffee
“This coffee has a refined sugar sweetness and biscuity undertone which provide a great base for the blackcurrant and fig flavours. The acidity is light like grapes and the mouthfeel is round and full.”
As a fourth generation coffee farmer, Luiz Paulo takes his family legacy seriously. When he was younger he graduated in business and worked in banking for a short time, before moving into the world of coffee.
In 2004 Luiz and his cousin, Jacques Pereira Carneiro, realised that their region was underrepresented on the specialty coffee scene, so they set out to do something about it. They travelled abroad, highlighting the quality of the coffee from their region of Carmo de Minas and and joined the BSCA (Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association) in 2007 in a bid to further promote their community. In recognition of his hard work, Luiz was then given the role of BSCA Vice-President in 2009 and President in 2011.
Luiz was a key figure in the world of specialty coffee, both locally and nationally, so when his grandfather died he left Luiz his farm. Unsurprisingly Luiz has managed to run the family farm with ambition, passion and skill ever since.
Sítio Senhor Niquinho was actually the nickname of Luiz Paulo’s grandfather, which Luiz has kept as a mark of respect and gratitude. With an altitude of 1100 metres above sea level and an average annual rainfall of between 125 and 140 millimeters, Sítio Senhor Niquinho boasts verdant, well-preserved native forests that help to sustain the local environment.
The farm itself is made up of 25 hectares of land, 18 of which are used for growing coffee (the rest is set aside for growing bananas and eucalyptus). Luiz and his team tend and harvest a number of varieties, including yellow bourbon, red bourbon, catucái and acáia. All the coffee grown here is processed at the nearby sister farm Pereira, which has a huge mill and drying facilities, as well as a close connection with the Sítio Senhor Niquinho.
It is very important. But it must be grown with care for the environment. Producing coffee with sustainability in mind is vital for any coffee grower nowadays.
We must continue to produce quality coffee consistently, while protecting the environment that surrounds us, as well as the society that we live in. By doing this we will impress clients worldwide and spread the good reputation of coffee from Carmo de Minas and Brazil.
|FLAVOUR||Fig, blackcurrant and biscuit|
|PRODUCER||Luiz Paulo Dias Pereira Filho|
|TASTING NOTE||Fig, blackcurrant and biscuit|
|VARIETAL||Yellow Bourbon, Red Bourbon,Catucái and Acáia|