Sitio Canaã (Pulped Natural)

  • Country
    Brazil
  • State
    Bahia
  • Region
    Chapada Diamantina
  • Town
    Piatã
  • Altitude
    1,280 - 1,340m above sea level
  • Variety
    Rubi, Roxinho, Yellow Obata, Catuai, Topazio, Bourbon
  • Processing
    Pulped Natural
  • Owner
    Kleumon Silva Moreira

Juicy and sweet with a full body and notes of honey, plum, purple grape and roast hazelnuts. Would make a delicious espresso.

Sitio Canaã (“The Promised Land”) lies outside the small town of Piatã in Bahia’s Chapada Diamantina region, at an altitude of 1,280 to 1,340 metres above sea level. Chapada Diamantina translates to ”Diamond Plateau” in Portuguese, and for 100 years this area was mined for the gemstones embedded in its cliffs. Today the region is famous for its specialty coffee.

Piatã is a very unique and privileged coffee growing region in Brazil, with high altitudes and temperatures that vary from 2°C to 18°C in the winter. These factors, combined with the area’s rich soil and growing conditions, present favourable conditions for producing high quality coffee with a cup profile that is very bright, transparent, and distinctive.

This region has only recently started to become recognised internationally for its high quality since the 2009 Cup of Excellence, where five of the top 10 spots came from Piatã. The region’s dominance in the awards has continued every year since and incredibly, in the 2016 Cup of Excellence Pulped Natural competition, an astounding 19 of the 24 winning lots came from Piatã!

Sitio Canaã is owned and managed by Kleumon Silva Moreira. Kleumon is young – 26 years old (!!) – but has been working in coffee for the past decade, alongside Antônio Rigno.  Antônio is widely regarded as the best producer in the region and is famous for his commitment to quality, and has many accolades for his coffees in the Cup of Excellence competition and other quality awards over the years. He has provided advice and mentorship for many producers in the region, and Kleumon has worked by his side over the last decade learning everything from how to plant and care for the trees through to processing.

 

2 years ago, Kleumon had saved enough to plant his own coffee farm, and this is the very first harvest from his farm. This lot is a mix of 7 varieties that Kleumon has planted on the farm – Rubi, Roxinho, Yellow Obata, Catuai 144, Topazio, Catuai 78515, and Bourbon.  Passionfruit and strawberries also grow on the farm and these crops are supplementing his income whilst the coffee plantation is established.

Kleumon represents the next generation of coffee producers in Piata, and already is showing great promise. His coffees were some of our favourites on the table when we cupped them. This micro-lot was only 600kg in size and we snapped it all up!

HOW THIS COFFEE WAS PROCESSED

Kleumon ensures cherries were picked by hand only when fully ripe, and were carefully pulped by hand. After pulping, the beans were taken to the mill at Sao Judas Tadeau, where they were sun-dried on patios with their mucilage still attached—spread in layers of about four centimetres and raked several times a day. Finally, the beans are separated into numbered lots which are stored and rested in parchment in a purpose-built warehouse, and then cupped for quality control prior to export.

 

We feel incredibly lucky to be the first to buy and represent Kleumon’s coffee and have the opportunity to share them with you. We hope to continue to work with Kleumon for many years to come!