Brazil Rainha Arara Natural Microlot
Region São Sebastião da Grama, South of Minas
Farm Rainha Farm
Altitude 1150 – 1350 masl
Tasting Note Mango, Orange, Citrus, Honey
The Arara variety is a natural cross between Obatã and Yellow Catuai discovered in 1988 in the Parana region of Brazil by an agronomist named Francisco Barbosa Lima. The trees are productive and resistant to both drought and leaf rust, making the variety attractive from an agronomic perspective as well as presenting tasty characteristics in the cup.
Arara has also been doing well in competitions run by the Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association (BSCA). In 2019, a pulped natural Arara from Fazenda Sertãozinho, Botelhos, Minas Gerais scored 92.5 and placed first in the Aroma BSCA competition. And in the 2017 edition, Fazenda Sertãozinho’s Arara won both the wet and dry-processing categories with a 94.25 cup score.
Fazenda Rainha has been a finalist in Cup of Excellence Brazil in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and was awarded first place in the 2011.
Fazenda Rainha is managed by José Renato G. Dias, an agricultural engineer with a specialization in coffee production. The farm is comprised of 280 hectares of which 200 hectares are planted with mostlyYellow Bourbon, some Icatu, Yellow Catuaí, Mundo Novo, and Acaiá. It is BSCA and Utz certified.
Coffee is processed at peak ripeness with handheld mechanical picking equipment over a cloth to avoid contract with the ground. After being harvested, the coffee cherry is pulped and spread on courtyards for drying. The coffee is dried slowly in the sun until reaching 11% humidity. After drying, the coffee is conditioned in wooden graineries.