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EL Progresso DECAFFEINATED

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  • Country: Brazil
  • Owner: Pedro Hugh Borré & Fabiano Borré
  • Town: Musugê & Ibicoara
  • Region: Chapada Diamantina, Bahia
  • Total size of farm: 22,000 hectares
  • Total area under coffee: 1,000 hectares 
  • Elevation: 1,150 to 1,200 metres above sea level
  • Varietal: Catuai, Catucai & Yellow Topazio
  • Process: CO2 | Pulped Natural
  • 250g

TASTING NOTES: CHOCOLATE | BISCUIT | RED APPLE | PUNCHY | SMOOTH

 

BREW GUIDE:

Espresso

  1. 19g in
  2. 40g out
  3. in 28 – 30 seconds                                                                                      

Cafetiere

  1. 60g per litre
  2. Steep for 4 minutes 
  3. Stir and scoop off the crust
  4. Wait a further minute for grounds to settle
  5. Either pour slowly without plunging using the lid as a filter or
  6. Gently push the plunger the bottom and pour slowly.
  7. ENJOY YOUR COFFEE

 

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Description

El Progresso Decaffeinated Coffee

Coffee & Farm Information

Our current decaf coffee is from the El Progresso in Brazil. Decaffeinated using the CO2 method, this coffee will give you notes of chocolate, biscuit and red apple with a punchy, syrupy finish.

Fazenda Progresso is a relatively young coffee farm in the mountainous Chapada Diamantina region of Bahia, northern Brazil. It lies at an altitude of around 1,150 metres. This 22,000 hectare family business started life in 1984 as a vegetable farm and is now one of Brazil’s largest potato producers. They only diversified into coffee relatively recently.

When Progresso was first founded, it was given its name – the same name that the family business had in Southern Brazil. The name means ‘Progress’ in English and has a direct relationship to the family’s concept and philosophy of business. It is clear (and has been for a very long time) that the name portrays the family’s commitment to movement, innovation and improvement every working day.

To this end, the Borré family has invested heavily in developing Progresso’s coffee infrastructure. The farm recently extended production to 1,000 hectares as of the end of 2012. The farm has also built its own processing facilities on- site, which produce washed, pulped natural and natural coffees. Progresso’s coffee division currently employs some 200 permanent workers, which swells to between 400 and 500 during harvest. Unfortunately after the big drought in Brazil in 2011/2012 – a problem that continues to plague the industry – the area under coffee has been slightly reduced, as 100% of the farm is irrigated. However, to combat climate change, the family has begun to change the way the coffee plantation is managed. With the new techniques and technologies that are being used today, they expect to reinitiate expanding their production in the coming years.

The harvest usually runs from June until September, during which the first two passes are picked by hand. This particular lot from Progresso is a pulped natural process coffee – the ripe cherries are pulped and then dried in the sun on concrete patios for 24 hours with the sticky mucilage still attached. They are then being finished off in guardiola dryers until they reach the optimum humidity level. The beans are rested and stored in parchment until immediately prior to export. Approximately 70% of all production is destined for international specialty markets.

Worker welfare is important to the family. In fact, work clothing, sunscreen and other safety equipment is supplied and paid for by the family. Farm workers are organised in several geographical sectors throughout the farm, and in most of them the uniform colour is a bright, almost cerulean, blue. There’s no specific reason for this colour, but it means that workers are easily identified in the fields, further contributing to safety. According to the family, as well, blue is a very subtle colour that mirrors the blue of the Brazilian sky, creating a positive aesthetic experience of the landscape. They have also built and foster a school for children in a village next to the farm, further contributing to the wider community.

You can keep up with the farm via their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/fazendaprogresso

Additional information

Weight N/A
Grind Option

Ground for espresso/stovetop, Ground for filter, Whole Beans

Size

250g, 1kg

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