Update – Brazil Jacutinga
Those of you who have bought some of our coffee from the Pereira family, one of the eleven families who make up the Jacutinga community will know that we’ve been keen to help them develop the quality of the coffee they produce. In return we’ve promised to buy increasingly more coffee from them, and look to build on this relationship year on year, in order to make it a cornerstone of our sourcing in Brazil, alongside the relationship we have with the Caixetas at Gerezim Estate. We’re able to share a quick update on how things are progressing.
It’s a small step but first stage of the Jacutinga project is up and running – the Pereira’s and their neighbours now have a cherry flotation system in operation for this year’s harvest, which is ongoing right now, and will be landing in the UK towards Christmas. As part of the sorting process once coffee cherries have been harvested, many growers will submerge all the cherries in tanks, large buckets, or similar vessels, and add water. Any cherries that float are discarded, as this is a sign of an undeveloped seed inside – the coffee beans which we all love so much. Undeveloped seeds lead to quakers – the pale coloured beans which don’t properly, and you may have very occasionally encountered, and which have a detrimental effect on flavour.
This is a fairly rudimentary step, but it should have a positive impact on quality of the coffee, and we’re really encouraged to have the buy-in from the community in order to make this change. We’d be lying if we didn’t want progress to be little quicker, but we know from experience that these relationships take time to develop, and slow progress is a good thing. Progress that is slow and steady in much better than lots of promises that end up unfulfilled. We’ll try to update you all with the changes as they develop, in the meantime you can still drink some of the Pereria’s coffee by clicking here.