Brazil

BARBOSA GOLD

 

Origin: Brazil, South America

Grade: Barbosa Gold NY 2/3 Screen 17/18

Type: Pulped Natural Arabica

Altitude: 900– 1,100 masl.

 

Climate: Tropical

Varietal: Bourbon / Catuai / Mundo Novo

 

Processing Method

 

Pulped Natural - in the pulped natural process, a de-pulper removes skin and pulp from coffee cherry, and the beans are dried while mucilage is still clinging to the parchment layer. At this stage, instead of being fermented and washed, the sticky beans are immediately laid to dry on patios or raised beds.

Notes: Nutty aroma with some cocoa powder notes. Mild malic acidity with medium good body.

Originally from Guaxupé, a town in Minas Gerais, Mr. Olavo Barbosa was who started the business. He was the son of a coffee and milk producer and started to work at the age of 16 at one of the branches of the Brazilian Coffee Company of the Moreira Salles Group, in 1939. From cleaning assistant, he worked his way to coffee preparation and became acting manager in 1947, a position that he would occupy until 1951 when the Moreira Salles Group decided to end its coffee operation. With the branches of the company put to sale, Mr. Olavo Barbosa decided to buy his first warehouse, the Guaxupé Warehouse, with capacity for 7,000 coffee bags. Mr. Olavo then started to work on his own, trading coffee in the Southeast of Minas and other products that he bought and sold in many trips made while driving his own truck. Ten years passed until 1958 when he acquired his first coffee farm. From this moment on, Mr. Olavo starts to sell his coffee production also to roasters, hosting clients on the farm and promoting his coffees. Exportadora Guaxupé was founded in 1970 when Mr. Olavo Barbosa decided to increase the capacity of the warehouses in order to expand operations. The second warehouse was acquired in 1972 and others were built in 1973, 74 and 76. The first coffee shipment was made in July 11, 1979. It was a lot composed of 2,500 coffee bags delivered to Canada. At this time the Santos office was also created. Since then, the company never stopped growing.