Fazenda Lages is a specially selected part of the larger Fazenda Londrina. The Lages plot was created for its quality and unique setting within the farm which displayed themselves in the cup. Fazenda Londrina a 396 hectare farm is one of four farms owned by the Naimeg group, a family business which was headed up by the late founder Gerson Naimeg. Gerson, the son of a German settler and Brazilian mother, established his first farm in 1965 when he bought a small plot of land in Uba located in northern Paraná. Like many others, he and his family moved to the Cerrado to avoid the annual threat of frost and now they have four farms in the region. The combination of altitude, nutrient rich red loam soil and annual 1500mm rainfall provide a perfect balance to grow coffee. The farm produces a split of around 60% Natural and 40 %Pulped Natural coffees each harvest, with varietals such as Rubi, Yellow Catuai, Red Catuai, Mundo Novo & Topiaz.
We have selected 2 natural processed lots from the Fazenda Lages plot: one is a Rubi varietal, the other is a Catuai. The ripe cherries are machine picked and put into a Pinhalese siphon which sorts through the cherries to ensure only the densest ones are processed naturally. The denser the cherry, the higher the sugar content which makes it more suitable to be processed this way. Once selected the cherries are laid out on raised beds to dry evenly down to 11% moisture. Once dry, the parchment coffee is put into ‘tulhas’ (large wooden vats) where the moisture and flavour is allowed to even out during the resting period. Finally, just prior to shipment, it is dry milled and sorted to remove any defect beans before being packed into 60kg jute bags lined with GrainPro to protect the quality of the coffee during transit and storage.
In line with Brazilian law, 20% of the land at Fazenda Londrina (196 Ha) is given over to a nature reserve where indigenous plants provide a habitat for wildlife. This coupled with the social standards which have been established for the people that work the land, has led to Rainforest Alliance certification for the farm.