Fazenda Ouro Verde (Green Gold Farm) is one of four farms owned by the Naimeg group, a family business headed up by the founder Gerson Naimeg.
The farm is roughly 130 hectares in size with 100 hectares set aside for coffee and is located near the city of Patos de Minas, at an altitude of approximately 1000 meters above sea level.
This varietal, Yellow Icatu, grows successfully on the clay loam soils and harvesting is mechanical thanks to the flat lay of the land. Once the coffee has been harvested it is washed and channelled in water to separate the dense ripe cherries from the floating secondary quality ‘floaters’. It is then pulped in a Pinhalense pulping machine and laid out on raised African style drying beds where the beans, still coated in their sticky sweet mucilage, are allowed to dry gently in the sun over a period of about ten days. During this time the sugars and enzymatic by-products are absorbed into the heart of the bean lending the cup its distinctive sweet and full bodied flavour. Once dry the parchment coffee is put into ‘tulhas’ (large wooden vats), where the moisture and flavour is allowed to even out during the resting period. Finally, just prior to shipment, it is dry milled and sorted to remove any defect beans before being packed into 60KG jute bags lined with GrainPro to protect the quality of the coffee during transit and storage.