FAZENDA MIÓ, Yeast Fermentation
Another super tasty and well balanced coffee from Ana Luiza Pellicer's family farm. This quaffable brew reminds us of a fruit and nut bar with notes of dried fruits like raisins and prunes with hazelnuts, brown sugar sweetness and a lovely complexity due to the expert processing we’ve come to expect from the team at Mió.
CULTIVAR: Yellow and Red Catucaí
PREPARATION: Yeast Fermentation – Bioreactor
LOCATION: Monte Santo de Minas, São Sebastião do Paraíso
ALTITUDE: 1,000 - 1,100 masl
PRICE PAID: £14/kg
We’re always happy to bring you a coffee from Ana and the team at Mió, but we’re especially excited about this one thanks to some super interesting processing.
In general, yeast fermentation requires an anoxic environment which is usually achieved by submerging coffee cherries in water. However, with this lot, the cherries were fermented inside a bioreactor (which removes the oxygen) where the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae was added to kickstart fermentation. After 72 hours, the cherries were transferred to raised beds to dry. The result? The acidity and dried fruit flavours really shine through.
Mió is a forward thinking and technology-driven coffee farm in Monte Santo de Minas which now spans a total of 1,589 hectares. A third of the land is used for coffee processing and milling facilities along with some pasture areas and plantations of Eucaliptos trees which are home to some lovely bees. The remaining land is equally divided between coffee trees and the native forest reserve which helps preserve the natural characteristics of the area. The abundant spring water on the estate supplies many others in their area and one of their responsibilities is to not only maintain the flow but to also improve the water quality.
Mio’s state of the art facilities ensure that they can provide an astonishing level of traceability for their entire crop each year. Each stage of the journey, from where the cherries were harvested, which trucks moved them, how and when they were processed, is tracked using satellite imagery. Not only does this technology provide an incredible level of detail but it also helps to improve the farmworkers’ quality of life, ensure an abundant harvest and guarantee the highest processing standards for the crop.