About the farm
Rio Brilhante is one of the largest estates in Brazil. Their land of over 1,600 hectares are all dedicated to coffee production. They support various social programs for the local community, the largest of which is called "Seeds of Change", which provides specialized seminars for their employees and their families.
About the process
After harvest, the cherries are spread thinly on the patio and dried for 15 days. During the drying process, the cherries are carefully monitored and frequently stirred in direct sunlight. They are then dried in a mechanical drum dryer for an additional 4 days. Then, the cherries are bagged and left to rest for 40 days before transported to the dry mill for further processing.
Aramosa is a hybrid between Coffea Arabica and Coffea Racemosa; the genetics of Aramosa are still being studied by Daterra and the IAC (Institute of Agronomy of Campinas). This hybridization was born from the idea of creating a variety that inherited valuable parts from each plant species. The Racemosa variety inherited its low caffeine content and drought tolerance, while the Arabica variety inherited its flavor. Racemosa is a wild coffee that grows wild only in a small area along the East African coast around Mozambique. Because of its low yields and very small beans, commercial plantations do not exist. However, this variety is too unique to dismiss- Racemosa is extremely hardy, disease and drought resistant, and almost caffeine-free, with a caffeine content of only 0.38% compared to 1.2 to 1.8% for Arabica.