“We want this farm to be different,” said producer Luiz Paolo. “If we do the usual things, it’s just another farm in Brazil. We are bringing together Brazilian terroir with Central and South American styles.” Though not a large farm, Santuario Sul is considered one of the largest coffee gardens in Brazil by cultivating a total of 25 different coffee varietals. Coffee in Brazil has long been a commodity, but over the past decade, farmers like Luiz have been working to elevate Brazil's coffee to show the world that Brazil can also produce coffees that are noteworthy.
This is Luiz's first harvest of the varietal SL28. A coffee that has been honey processed. The cherries are mechanically depulped while their mucilage is kept in tact. The beans are then spread out on patios and left untouched for 3 to 4 days depending on sun exposure. This period imparts a mild fermentation, creating a rounder and more delicate flavor than a naturally processed coffee.
This is a very limited release due to how little we were able to acquire, but we're thrilled nonetheless. We love finding producers who are pushing to elevate coffee to the place where it should be held.