(This month's coffee special)
| Roast Profile: Medium
Flavor Profile: Medium body, fruity sweetness with notes of dark chocolate, rich taste
Certification: Organic, bird friendly, direct trade
This award winning, coveted Brazilian coffee is naturally (dry) processed giving it that incredible sweet fruity taste and richness in the cup. It is grown organically under the shade of fruit trees and other shade tree varieties which allows the flavor to fully develop in the beans. It is produced by Fazenda Ambiantal Fortaleza (Environmental Fortress Farm) located in the Alta Mogiana Region located in the states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais at an elevation between 3300-4300 feet.
Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza has a fascinating history of its transition from a commercial type coffee farm to a leader in the area of sustainable farming, environmental stewardship, and support for the local farmers. Owners Marcos and Silvia Croce who now live on Bob-O-Link Rd. in Illinois learned of the journey that the Bob-O-Link takes each year from the mid-west of North America to the southeast of South America. In 2001, the farm that had been in Silvia's family for 250 years, was passed down to her and her husband. It was fate that they discovered this very same bird wintering on their family's farm in Brazil, so they wanted to pay tribute to the bird by naming their coffee after this amazing traveler.
They knew that changes had to be made in order to produce an amazing coffee without destroying the environment or polluting the waterways. Immediately, they banished all toxic materials, protected the springs, created green corridors for the wildlife, and brought awareness to the workers on their farm.
They added fruit trees such as bananas, mango, and avocado, and planted coffee seedlings in the secondary forests. This not only gave the farm more cash crops, but brought more wildlife and migratory birds to the property. In addition, they started to motivate their workers to continue their education and promoted social integration, personal development, healthy and natural eating habits, and personal skills.
The farm had much success and positive progress, but Marcos and Silvia wanted to create a much wider corridor for the wildlife, so they invited their neighboring farmers to join them in protecting the environment and the waterways to create a much wider free and clean zone for all migratory birds and wildlife.
The Bob-O-Link coffee consists of 3 varietals of Arabica coffee known as Mundo Novo, Catuai, and Bourbon. These varietals are grown by the small farmers all around Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza. When the harvesting is completed, these farmers combine their coffees with the coffee grown on Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza to create this very special "blend" of Brazilian coffees.
View overlooking Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza
Weed control on young coffee bushes
Young bushes just beginning to flower on one of the small farms planted in the secondary forests
Shade grown coffee farms support a habitat for nesting birds
Local farmers drying the coffee cherries naturally under the Brazilian sun
Local farmer raking the coffee until it reaches the correct dried state before further processing
Arrival of the Bob-O-Link coffee to Tree Frog Coffees roasting facility!
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