Deerstalker - Blend - Colombia & Brazil

Deerstalker - Blend - Colombia & Brazil

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Origin: Brazil, Colombia
Varietal: Mixed
Process: Washed, Natural
Farm/Producer: Cedro Alto/Vale do Sol

Tasting Notes: Milk Chocolate, Fudge, Red Apple, Hazelnut

Our original house blend, Deerstalker, is as popular as it is versatile. A favourite with our customers who like milk with their brew; we also recommend it made as an espresso or with a moka pot. 

With tasting notes of Milk Chocolate, Fudge, Red Apple and Hazelnut, Deerstalker coffee is made using a 50/50 ratio of coffees from Brazil and Colombia.

The Brazilian coffee in this blend comes from a farm called Vale Do Sol. It is a female owned farm, located in the region of Minas Gerais.
  The history of this farm began in 2008, with Alexandre Garcia Capelo, who was a small coffee producer and who continued his work with his son, Antonio Wander Garcia, who decided to dedicate his life to coffee production.
  Bringing all his knowledge as an agronomist, Antonio Wander's son, André, also a partner at Jaguara Coffee, dedicated himself to applying the techniques learned from planting and reached good results with the applied technology. Vale do Sol is 72 hectares big, and there was an increase in preservation areas, planting trees along the springs.
  All Vale do Sol crops undergo cyclical pruning in the zero harvest system. They cultivate banana trees as natural barriers to the wind. Cultivars with natural resistance to pests and diseases were planted, with an almost organic crop formation. The coffees produced by Vale do Sol are full-bodied, sweet, with a hint of milk chocolate and brown sugar.

The Colombian coffee in this blend comes from a farm called Passiflora. It is a micro-regional lot from Cedro Alto farmers collective.
  Cedro Alto is a vertically integrated organisation made up of many small-scale coffee farmers that could never have direct access to roasters willing to pay fair prices for their microlots independently. Cedro Alto have banded together and enlisted the help of some non-farmers to challenge the traditional supply chain, reorganising the coffee trade in a way that encourages progress for the community and quality coffee for the world.

Being a collective means they share resources so that all of the small farmers can operate independently and enjoy the same efficiency as the large estate growers and international traders. Cedro Alto is not an association or a coop, in fact, they partner with those types of local organisations that provide day-to-day support for the farmers that make up their group. Their function lies in the logistics and commerce between the farm gate and the roasters in another part of the world.

What this means is that basically each producer that is a member of the collective sends samples of each harvest or micro lot they produce to the Cedro Alto cupping lab. They then cup everything that arrives, give detailed feedback, and if cup quality reaches the agree-upon level, the collective pre-finances the producer, effectively purchasing their parchment coffee at the price that they feel roasters would pay for it, minus costs. It is then the collective's responsibility to mill, export, import, warehouse, market, and sell it to a roaster, as the farmer has already been paid.
  Producers do not have any formal commitment to the collective. It is available as a resource to farmers that feel their product has the potential to be sold as a micro lot at specialty prices.

The collective assumes all financial risk on behalf of the members, who typically are not financially equipped to weather loss or spoilage. All risk, financing, and the cost of shared services are covered by the collective centrally and built into a margin the organisation earns on export and direct-to-roaster sales.

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