Tres Pontas, Sul De Minas
Rancho Grande Farm
Flávio (Fafa) Reis
Coffee production began at the Rancho Grande Farm in 1933 when Mr. Aneite Reis inherited 5 hectares of crops to start production from. Today, the farm is run by his son José Carlos Reis and grandson Flávio (Fafa) Reis. The mission of the farm is to source the highest possible quality coffee, all while protecting the environment and caring for the well-being of its employees. Several employees live in houses on the property, with subsadised electricity and food.
The Reis family is very open to trying new growing techniques and has invested in several static drying boxes to help improve the quality and profile of their coffees for the speciality market. They work on all aspects of production, from growing to picking, to post-harvest treatment.
In 2019, Fafa collaborated with Cocatrel Direct (Brazil’s biggest coffee co-op) and began experimenting with processing methods in order to test the boundaries of what was possible for the Rancho Grande Farm coffees. Initially, Cocatrel Direct had some very good results from using the new static boxes to help slow fermentation and drying down, and created profiles not commonly associated with this style of coffee. Building on their initial work and adding another layer of pre-anaerobic fermentation before drying in the static boxes, our green bean supplier managed to produce coffees that they feel live up to the process in cup quality. The ‘Manga Larga’ series is named after a breed of horse from this region, known for its high quality and special attributes that are part of the history and story at Rancho Grande.
After it is dried, the coffee is left to rest for approximately 1- 2 weeks before being milled. This method has allowed the production of more fruity and prominent profiles, rather different from the usual ones we associate with Brazil's natural coffees.