Fazenda Pantano, a 240 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 and Icatu.
We have selected a pulped natural lot from the farm due to its clean body and balanced profile. The ripe cherries are machine picked on the farm once the majority of cherries are ripe and ready to pick. Once selected the cherries are pulped and then put to dry on large patios for 7-10 days. 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 Pantano 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.