Fragrance/Aroma: Peanut Butter, Caramel, Red Grape
Flavor: Cedar, Cinnamon, Raisin
Canaan Estate is located in Carmo de Minas, within the Mantiqueira de Minas region in Brazil. Canaan Estate has been producing coffee since the early 1900s. Sergio Diaz and his wife Anita purchased the 40 hectares property in 2006 from one of Sergio’s cousins. They have made many improvements to the farm since 2006, such as planting new coffee varieties, increasing patio drying area, adding a mechanical dryer and working closely with the employees to refine the processing methods. Canaan has been producing high quality specialty coffees since these changes were made. In 2016 they purchased an additional 30 hectares of coffee, and increased the total farm size to around 160,000 coffee plants.
The farm employees 5 full time workers, whose families are permitted to live at the farm rent free. A small area near each house is available to each family, to have a small garden and some livestock. School for the young kids 1-4th grade is just 500 meters away from the homes. The older kids are bused into town to attend school. During the harvest an additional 25-30 employees are hired to help. All of the employees are registered and paid full time wages and benefits according to the Brazilian labor laws. Safety equipment is provided to the workers as well.
The coffee is hand sorted and sent to the drying patios the same day. It will remain on the patios for several days, and turned over every 30 to 45 minutes. If necessary, in case of rain or lack of space, the coffee will be moved into the Mechanical dryers and run at low heat with several rest periods in between, until it reaches 11.5% humidity. The coffee is then moved to the final silos, and will rest there for 15 to 20 days. The coffee is then shipped to the cooperative dry mill, COCARIVE to be dehulled, packed into bags and prepared for export.