This week we have um café mineiro, or coffee grown in the Brazilian region of Minas Gerais. This region has international fame for its coffee and fazendas de café are a dime a dozen. However, finding a farm dedicated to organic and fair trade practices is not as easy. Luckily for us, in 2010, Ricardo Aguiar Rezende decided to do just that at his own farm, Santa Cristina.
Unlike much of South American coffee that is grown at high elevation, the fazendas de café in Minas Gerais are located at approximately 900 meters above sea level. The plants produce low density beans which are full bodied and have low acidity. Roasted lightly, these beans are ideal candidates for espresso blends due to their creamy mouthfeel and beautiful crema.