Fazenda Kaquend has its origin in the division of Fazenda Três Barras, made two centuries ago, which was traditionally known for its high-quality coffee production. The area of Fazenda Kaquend, where the champion coffee in the 2008 “Cup of Excellence” was produced, belongs to producer Mr. Ralph de Castro Junqueira, who manages the business of the farm, as part of a family with two other siblings; whose parents are Mrs. Margarida Maria de Castro and Mr. Jose Wagner Ribeiro Junqueira. The family has a cultivated area of 160 hectares of coffee, of?several varieties, which is spread throughout the?group’s six properties, including Fazenda Serra da?Três Barras as the main property; the place where the?produced coffee is processed, obtaining an annual?average of 3500 processed bags. The coffee crops are?cultivated in fertile soil, with elevation varying from?1100 to 1450 meters, the peculiar topography of the?“Serra da Mantiqueira” region and mild climate all?year long, with rainfall between 1700 and 2200 mm?per year, and well-de ned seasons. Always trying?to develop the coffee in tune with the nature, the?owner’s family does its best to preserve the areas of?native forests and springs found on its properties.?The group, which has been making its living almost?entirely from rural activities for eight generations,?nowadays relies on the cooperation of forty full-time employees and their families, and also with the services of other forty workers during the harvest, when the demand for labor is bigger.
Coffee processing system
Due to the uneven soil where the coffee is cultivated, the harvest is done by hand, over cloth, thus avoiding contact with the ground. The beans are taken immediately for preparation. The coffee berries are taken to hanging patios to complete the drying process. After that, they are kept in wood storehouses to rest for 60 to 90 days. After the coffees are processed, they are taken to the COCARIVE (Carmo de Minas Cooperative) warehouses, where they are analyzed and prepared according to market requirements, and they are kept there for sale.
Concern about quality
Seeking quality in the coffee produced, but also keeping productivity in mind, the group counts on the technical support of Cocarive, in a partnership with EMATER – MG (agricultural support company).
As a result of the recognition for their constant search for quality, the family has received the following awards:
BSCA Brazil Coffee Quality – Ralph de Castro Junqueira, “Fazenda Kaquend” – finalist in the 4th “Cup of Excellence,” 2002. Jose Wagner Ribeiro Junqueira, “Fazenda Serra da Tres Barras” – finalist in the 4th “Cup of Excellence,” 2002. Kleber de Castro Junqueira, “Sítio Araucaria” – finalist in the 5th “Cup of Excellence,” 2003. Ralph de Castro Junqueira, “Fazenda Kaquend” – champion of the 9th “Cup of Excellence,” 2008. Illy Brazil Quality Award for Espresso Coffee – Ralph de Castro Junqueira, “Fazenda Kaquend” – finalist in the 15th prize. Jose Wagner Ribeiro Junqueira, “Fazenda Serra da Tres Barras” – finalist in the 16th and 18th prizes. Herbert de Castro Junqueira, “Sítio Velho” – finalist in the 17th prize. Minas Coffee Quality Contests – EMATER/MG Jose Wagner Ribeiro Junqueira, “Serra da Tres Barras Farm” – finalist in the 2nd Contest, in 2005. Ralph de Castro Junqueira, “Fazenda Kaquend” – finalist in the 3rd Contest, in 2006, and champion of the 4th Contest, in 2007. It is important to state that Fazenda Kaquend, as well as Fazenda Serra das Três Barras, are registered in the Certifica Minas Coffee Certification Program, from the state of Minas Gerais.
|Farm Name||Kaquend ~2015|
|Farmer/Rep.||Ralph de Castro Junqueira|
|Size (30kg boxes)||41|
|City||Carmo de Minas|
|Program||Brazil Naturals 2015 December|
|Aroma/Flavor||Almond, bergamot, dark berries, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, cola|
|Acidity||Bright, clean, malic, articulate|
|Other||Velvety, juicy, round|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||2712|
|High bidders||NIPPON COFFEE TRADING CO.,LTD.|