COFFEE SCORE: 83.5
Minasul cooperative was founded in 1958 to help farmers have greater market power. Today, they are one of the largest cooperatives in Sul de Minas and process and sell about 2 million bags per year across their 15 facilities in Sul de Minas.
Farmer members get access to agronomic assistance, financing and more. Farmers can stay connected with the Minasul app that they can use to track and sell their coffee.
Harvest & Post-Harvest
Most Brazilian coffee is grown on huge farms, built and equipped for mechanical harvesting and processing, maximizing productivity. The relatively flat landscape across many of Brazil’s coffee regions combined with high minimum wages has led most farms to opt for this type of mechanical harvesting over selective hand-picking.
In the past, this mechanization meant that strip-picking was the norm; however, today’s mechanical harvesters are increasingly sensitive, meaning that farms can harvest only fully ripe cherries at each pass, which is good news for specialty-oriented producers.
In many cases and on less level sections of farms, a mixed form of ‘manual mechanized’ harvesting may be used, where ripe coffee is picked using a derricadeira – a sort of mechanized rake that uses vibration to harvest ripe cherry. A tarp is spanned between coffee trees to capture the cherry as it falls.
With the aid of these newer, more selective technologies, there’s a growing number of farms who are increasingly concerned with – and able to deliver - cup quality.
This Natural coffee is dried on large patios under sun. The coffee is raked and turned regularly to ensure even drying and a clean cup profile.