Sul de Minas, Brazil
Sul de Minas. As the name proclaims, this region is found in the south of Minas Gerais state, Brazil. Here the hills are rugged and rolling, climate is sweetly mild, and rainfalls kiss the coffee trees with just the right amount of moisture to coax the best out of the beans.
Sul de Minas is home to some of the largest coffee estates in Brazil, yet more than half of the farms in the region are small to medium-sized (10-150 hectares), and smallholder farmers have grown coffee there for generations. Due to their presence, this particular region has many more cooperatives than other regions of Brazil.
Within Sul de Minas we also find sub and micro-regions (Carmo de Minas, for one) known for specialty coffee production. As farmers leverage their climate and soil to grow better coffees, we should see even more micro-regions on the cupping tables. The usual processing methods for this region are washed, pulped natural, and natural.