Robert meets with Farm Manager Guido Maciel and Ipanema Industrial Director Rodrigo Rodrigues at Rio Verde coffee farm. The farm is one of Brazil’s oldest, founded, would you believe, in the same year as SD Bells, 1887.
In the Minas Gerais, about 5 hours drive north of São Paulo. Nearest town Alfenas. It’s winter. Weather is like a normal Northern Irish Summer but with a bit less rain🤗
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There are 8,000 seedlings in this bed, and 1.3 million on the plantation. All planted by hand, and the lucky ones will mature by September ready for transplant into the fields.
Close-up of the seedlings. Look closely. The bean is planted in nutrient-rich sand, flat-side-down, and is pushed up from below by its plucky little root.
Robert picked these yesterday afternoon. Red acaia beans, 3 nice ripe ones, plus some over-ripe. Like raisins on a vine, the black bean looks unappetising but is a coffee cuppers delight. The ‘mucilage’ (flesh) on the cherry, rather than being removed by mechanical ‘pulping’ has been absorbed into the bean, giving it a fruity sweetness.
Robert with a one-yr old Acaia coffee tree. Will be productive in 3 years. A very resilient strain, very productive.
The flavour profile of these coffees, grown in the Sul de Minas area of the Minas Gerais region is full bodied with fruity aromas and citric flavours.
Following Robert’s successful tea trip to Darjeeling back in April, he is travelling again, this time to Brazil to discover the secrets behind one of the most innovative, quality driven coffee farms in the world!
Over the next few days Robert will be sharing photos and expertise gained from his trip. Watch this space too, for the forthcoming roasting/ tasting evening, which will take place at the end of the summer.
Email email@example.com to register your interest!
SD Bell’s will be closed on Thursday 12th & Friday 13th July, re-opening on Saturday 14th July at 8.30am.
All online orders will be processed when we return.
What could be a better way to cool down in this stifling weather than with an ice tea in your hand and your feet up?
At SD Bell’s Leaf and Berry Coffee Bar and Tearooms, we have an introduced a number of ice teas this summer to combat the heatwave! Here are a few suggestions for you to try at home:
Simply brew the teas in hot water as usual, dilute and sweeten as desired – chill overnight and serve with ice.
If you need brewing equipment to aid this process, check out a small selection of tea equipment on our website or call into our Emporium at Knock to view our full range of equipment including the Kilner Cold Brew Maker as pictured above.
With Father’s Day only around the corner we have the perfect selection of gifts to treat your dad. Coffee accessories, coffee subscriptions and more.
We are now stockists of Hario V60s, these along with other accessories such the Gooseneck pouring kettle are exclusive to our SD Bell’s Emporium at Knock. Call in to view our full range of products or to order a bespoke hamper.
We also have over 30 coffees from around the world to choose from, and if you can’t decide what is best why not try a subscription and enjoy 6 different coffees over the next 6 months?!
So what makes Darjeeling so special?
There are many factors, but here are a few.
As I travel to India this week, stay tuned for more updates. I plan to visit 9 estates across the region, tasting the ‘First Flush’ harvest as I go.