Dapper & Wise

Brazil Rodomunho

Milk chocolate, sarsaparilla, marshmallow.

Like the first sip of hot chocolate, this coffee is sweet the second it hits the tongue. Rich and full, it’s a complex melding of mild chocolate base notes, marshmallows and nuts layered with cloves and anise. Delicate transitions between flavors make this coffee a perfect blend of excitement and comfort.

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Minas Gerais
Fazenda Rodomunho
Carvalho Dias and Ottoni Families
Natural Process

Meet Carvalho Dias and Ottoni Families

The Carvalho Dias and Ottoni families are something of a coffee institution in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Not surprising, since they’ve been growing coffee there since 1890! Fazenda Rodomunho is one of their estates, and consists of more than 450 hectares and 1.3 million coffee trees. The family prioritizes environmental practices, and works to ensure that native forest intersperses areas planted with coffee in order to promote ecological balance and give birds and animals habitat in which to thrive.

To this end, the Dias and Ottoni families recycle coffee processing wastes as organic fertilizer, and not only endeavor to keep water usage to a minimum, but also recycle and treat what they do use in order to keep the streams and waterways unpolluted. They also take good care of their workforce, paying wages well above average for this part of Brazil, providing housing, utilities, school, sports facilities, and a health clinic as well. In fact, the farm has been called an “agro-village.” It may be big, but the coffee is high quality, regularly placing in Cup of Excellence competitions.

Minas Gerais, Brazil

In the Portuguese language, Minas means mines, that much is clear. Gerais--”general”--is less specific, thought to refer either to the mines or the fields of this diverse state. Either way, Minas Gerais, Brazil is a place of diamonds, gold, and gemstone mines, and huge stretching savannah known as cerrado. Within its vast boundaries are found the coffee regions of Sul de Minas, Matas de Minas, Chapada de Minas, and Cerrado de Minas.

A mind-boggling 2,488,000 acres make up the coffee-growing area within Minas Gerais. No wonder, then, that it accounts for nearly 50% of Brazil’s coffee production. Rich in history and European influence, first-nation people make up a significant percentage of the state’s population, and though Portuguese is the prominent language, other residents hail not just from Portugal but from many parts of the globe, including Africa, Germany, and Lebanon.

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In 2013, Insomnia's owners Evan Aldrete and Tyler Geel launched Dapper & Wise as a tasting room and roasting facility in Portland's Western suburbs, and by 2014, as a wholesaler as well. Although both wear many hats, in general, Evan oversees the roasting operation and Tyler oversees the business end of things.

Based out of Beaverton, Oregon, Evan and Tyler work with a stellar team, all of whom are dedicated to the values that undergird Dapper & Wise: “We want people to walk through our doors and feel welcome. We want people to taste our coffee and be impressed and inspired. We want the coffee we roast to exemplify the hard work of the producers that grow it.”

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