Producer: Bob-O-Link Natural Farmers Cachoheirinha
Region: Cachoheirinha Valley, Caconde, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Dry Mill: Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza
Varietal: Mundo Novo, Red Catuai, Ubata
Altitude: 1200 – 1340masl
Processing: Selective picking of ripe cherries and dried on raised beds for 14-20 days.
Flavor: MACADAMIA | APRICOT | HONEY
The Cachoeirinha Valley sits in the mountains bordering the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Located in the municipality of Caconde, it is an important watershed contributing to the Rio Pardo river from the natural springs that rise on the Bobolink farms of Boa Vista. The name, which means the Little Waterfall Valley, not surprisingly comes from the small waterall located in the east end of the valley.
As in many places in the new world, land belonged to one family and plots have been subsequently divided through the new generations. In Cachoerinha we have the da Silvas, dos Santos and Bertelli families; who have been living and farming the area for generations. Today, they have individual plots throughout the valley and collectively they care for the springs and streams that flow through their properties.
In 2008 they started working with FAF and João Hamilton of Sitio Canaã on a new coffee production model for the region. Instead of selling their dried coffee to local buyers they work with João and FAF Coffees to raise the quality and think of coffee as a beverage and not a grain to be auctioned off. Taking control of the post-harvest processes and applying new techniques such as raised beds and careful turning allows the full potential of the coffee to come through.
The families have used this period to improve the health of their coffee plantations maximizing the potential of the incredible terroir of the region. United by the passion of producing high quality coffee and preserving the natural habitat which they have inherited, Cachoerinha is now on a one-hundred-year plan to bring back the abundance of clean water, forests and organically grown produce for those who inhabit today and for the following generations to come.