ANVIL BRAZIL FAZENDA SAMAMBAIA * 1 Star Great Taste Award Winner *
Farm: Fazenda Samambaia 100% Topazio
Varietal: 100% Topazio
Processing: Pulped Natural & dried on Patios
Altitude: 1,200 metres
Owner: Henrique Dias Cambraia
Town / City: Santo Antônio do Amparo
Region: Sul de Minas (Minas Gerais)
Some of Brazil’s finest beans are produced in this area as the rolling green fields of Sul de Minas offer perfect growing conditions. The region itself forms a border between two very important river basins in Brazil: the Grande River Basin (which runs to the south) and the São Francisco River Basin (which runs to the northeast). Locally, the region is known as ‘vertentes’.
The farmer of Fazenda Samambaia, Henrique Dias Cambraia believes he owes the success of the farm to a combination of various factors, in particularly, the farm’s geographic location; competent technical management of the plantations, with individualized phytosanitary controls of the planting fields; constant training based on total quality control programs; and, most importantly, the involvement of the whole team that works on the farm.
Not only is Henrique committed to producing high quality coffee, he also strives to farm in such a way that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. During his absence from the farm between March 2000 and July 2001 – when he was studying towards a Master's degree in International Business in Phoenix, Arizona – his employees demonstrated that they fully understood and were capable of upholding the Samambaia concept of sustainability.
Recently, Henrique Dias Cambraia was elected President of Sulminas-Café. Together with other 20 coffee producers of the Santo Antônio do Amparo region, he founded the Santo Antônio Estate Coffee, to build relationships with the specialty coffee market.
Fazenda Samambaia has won many awards for its high quality coffee, including the Cup of Excellence
A touch of marzipan nuttiness when drunk as an espresso. Nice lingering aftertaste with milk - brings out the sweet juiciness and the berry notes on the finish. Characterful and versatile if not demanding.