This tiny lot is comprised of a variety known for incredibly large seeds and was grown and processed in Espírito Santo, a region characterised by small-scale producers. It has a lovely creamy body, is really moreish, and tastes like black cherry, raisin and dark chocolate.
LEONEL HARTWIG, Maragogype Micro-Lot
is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.
Leonel has been investing in quality and specialty production since 2014. Along with his wife Jessica, and their daughters Mikaela and Manuele, he farms a 3.5 acre plot that belongs to his father, Jair. Since investing in his own de-pulper, Leonel has seen his cup scores rise year after year. His plan now is to invest in a new greenhouse and build raised drying beds. The brand new motorcycle and car in Leonel’s garage is a testament to the success he is having producing specialty coffee and the very real positive impact it has had on his family.
Espírito Santo state is one of the smallest states in Brazil, but is comprised of dramatically differing landscapes from steep mountains to coastal regions. The state borders with Bahia to the north, Minas Gerais to the west, Rio de Janeiro in the south and to the east lies the Atlantic Ocean. This unusual topography has resulted in beneficial microclimates which favour Arabica production.
The region is dominated by small-scale coffee growers and is characterised by the presence of farmers who are actively engaged in the entire chain of the production process. Growers in Espírito Santo work with family members and build off of traditional knowledge to innovate and improve their quality of life and coffee. Here you will find many washed and pulped-natural processed coffees and the flavour profiles are fruit forward with excellent acidity, somewhat atypical for Brazil.
This variety is a natural mutation of Typica, first discovered near Maragogipe, Bahia (Brazil) in 1870. The special characteristic of this variety is the production of large cherries and seeds, especially for a Typica variety. The mutation is due to a single dominant gene, which acts not only on the size of the fruit, but also results in longer internodes and larger leaf size. Due to its relatively low yield and rust susceptibility, it has not been grown widely in Brazil, but it is still grown in Central America due to its high cup quality. Maragogipe is one of the parents of the variety Pacamara, and a related variety called Maracaturra.
PRODUCER: Leonel Hartwig
FARM: Alto Lagoa, Alfonso Claudio, Espírito Santo, Brazil
ELEVATION: 920 masl
HARVEST: June - December 2022
ARRIVED: July 2023
IMPORTING PARTNER: Osito