BRAZIL

Yuki Minami, Anaerobic Yeast Fermentation

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Additional information

Country

Continent

Region

Rio Paranaiba, Cerrado Mineiro

Community Name

Yuki Minami, Fazendas Santo Antonio and Olhos D'Aqua

Processing Method

Arrival Date

May 2022

Elevation

1145 MASL

Varietals

Mundo Novo, Red and Yellow Catuai

Flavor Profile

Nutty

Fresh Filter

Prior Crops 12+ Months

Description

This is the Cerrado Mineiro region of Minas Gerais; an area best described as a high-altitude savannah, and best known as the carrot capital of Brazil. In addition to producing nearly half of the country’s carrots, this region also grows onions, garlic, onion, potatoes….and coffee.

Coffee was the most recent to join the party, starting in the 1970’s. Quality has always been high, but the coffee has never made it to export before being bulked, and has traded at commodity. But now, a new generation of farmers has returned to talk about ‘specialty coffee’.

This is the story of Yuki Minami, who returned to her parent’s farm to take up specialty. Long a specialty supplier in the region, Fazenda Santo Antonio has since invested in the field, in raised beds and in training as part of Yuki’s so-far successful experiment of increasing quality to get better prices. Around the time Yuki returned take up coffee they purchased a second farm, Olhos D’Aqua, which is right down the road. In 2016 Yuki banded together with other farmers in her community – a group of third generation Brazilians of Japanese descent – to form Aequitas Coffee – with their first export being to Crop to Cup in 2018.

If it were not for Yuki we would not be able to work in Brazil like we do. She has the fire, her heart is in it for the right reasons, and she’s sharp as can be. Her coffee is almost as impressive, maybe more so because it has so much potential. We are excited to support Yuki Minami and her neighbors, Edson Tamekuni and Michael Tomizawa, as they launch Aequitas – a company that’s set out to do coffee differently. In her words, “Aequitas is the Roman goddess of equity. But she was also a goddess that meant justice, transparency and fairness. And this is what I wanted to do, I wanted to promote a fair trade for producers.”

Ahead of the 2023 harvest, Minami Agricola received a coffee post harvest consulting from the coffee post harvest PhD Giselle Abreu and as a result changed some techniques like the thickness of the coffee layer during drying, experimented with different processing like not washing cherry, fermenting in 4000 liters trunks, fermenting in lines of thick layers that looked like a pyramid and fermentation with yeasts that were multiplied at the farm.