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Brazil - Jatoba Organic


Brazil - Jatoba Organic

Varietal –  Catuai
Preparation – 
Location –
São João do Manhuaçu
Altitude –
800-1000 masl

Producer Overview:

Fazendas Dutra is comprised of five farms all of which belong to members of the Dutra family. Together, the farms occupy 764 hectares of prime coffee growing land nestled in the green hills of the Sao Joao do Manhuaçu district in the spectacular coffee-producing state of Minas Gerais.

Brazil Jatoba coffee farm

This particular lot hails from the farm ‘Jatobá’, 51 hectares of which are composed of prime coffee growing land. Like all the Fazendas Dutra farms, Fazenda Jatobá has been meticulously cultivated in perfect harmony with nature for more than 50 years. The climate, the soil and the altitude convey distinctive aromas, flavours, and a balanced body that have been recognized by multiple coffee quality competitions, national and international. Recently, Fazenda Jatobá, named after the dominant tree species located thought the farm's forests, has taken steps to become certified Organic, a rarity for much of Brazil’s specialty coffee sector. This means that Fazenda Jatobá's crop is produced using only organic inputs, such as upcycled coffee pulp for fertiliser. This has led to Fazendas Dutra’s efforts being recognised, as they were awarded the Sustainable Farm Award by Globo Rural Magazine; one of the leading agribusiness publications in the country.

Brazil Jatoba coffee farm sign
Fazendas Dutra originated from a small farm inherited by José Dutra Sobrinho at the beginning of the 1950s. ‘Zeca’ Dutra saw the potential in the land despite the farm’s small size and applied his passion for coffee farming to expand and improve the farm. He worked hard over the years to expand the Fazenda’s size, persevering even as the coffee crises of the mid-1980s presented major difficulties to small farmers across Brazil. During these tough times, the family’s course of action was to continue believing and investing in their production, intensifying their dedication to producing high-quality coffee and expanding the area under production. Zeca Dutra passed away in September of 1999, leaving over 300 hectares of coffee to his sons, Walter and Ednilson. Walter and Ednilson decided that to make the most of their father’s legacy, they needed to invest heavily in their education as a means of moving the farms forward into the new century. They’ve worked tirelessly not only on the farms themselves but also to expand their knowledge so that they can apply the best possible practices to their farming

The Dutra Family manages their farms with a strong respect for nature. 35-40% of the farm remains under conservation, helping to preserve native flora and fauna. Brothers Walter and Ednilson have planted “green curtains” to protect against strong winds, which provide a natural, eco-friendly control against pests. The brothers also focus on the preservation of local water supplies and carefully manage the water used in their Fully-Washed and Semi-Washed processing.

Harvesting and Processing:

The coffee plantations are planted among rocks, woods, and waterfalls, meaning labour is difficult and expensive to retain. The mountainous landscape also means that brothers Walter and Ednilson are unable to use mechanical machines to harvest and all coffee is hand picked.

This lot from Jatoba was processed as a natural and dried on concrete patios.

Brazil organic coffee drying on patios

Tasting Notes: 

Chocolate, caramel, malt. This is a lovely Brazilian coffee that is fantastic with and without milk. As an espresso, it really shines in milk-based drinks and reminds us of a Snickers bar!


This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 17 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as whole bean and pre-ground but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

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