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Great coffees from South American powerhouse producers available now

Posted by Chris Ryan on May 21, 2015 at 4:24 PM

One is an innovative estate in Brazil whose owner used his creativity to revitalize production. The other is a world-renowned Colombian company that owns several farms with coffee of exquisite quality.


These producers are Fazenda California and Cafe Granja La Esperanza, respectively, and we're currently offering coffees of several varieties and processes from each producer. 

Read on for some background on each and information on the available coffees. And if you’re interested in purchasing any of these offerings, email trade@sustainableharvest.com

Fazenda California

This estate, located in Brazil’s Norte Pioneiro do Parana region, earned its name from its beginnings as a research farm for the University of California Davis. Owner Luiz Rodrigues purchased the farm in 2004, when it was in a state of disrepair. He not only returned the farm to working order, but also applied his interest in experimentation and innovation. By taking into account the variables of soil, sun, and rain, as well as combining technological innovations in harvesting, sorting, and processing, Luiz fine-tuned the quality of his coffee. (Watch this video about Fazenda California to hear more from Luiz about the farm.)


Fazenda California produces natural coffees—a category that accounts for 98% of Paraná’s output—but also has washed and semi-washed offerings. We have all of these processes currently available in the Fazenda California offerings. Several of the coffees now on offer are of the Obata variety, which is 62.5% Red Bourbon and originally developed to be high in quality but resistant to Coffee Leaf Rust. Obata undergoes a very long maturation process of up to 330 days, and because of this it can be a difficult plant to grow. But Fazenda California is in a colder and wetter climate than most coffee-growing areas, so the long harvest season of Obata is perfect for this farm: The coffee grows during the extended rainy period, and then is harvested and dried in the dry season.

Check out full Tastify profiles of the Obata coffees and Fazenda California’s other offerings in this recent Sustainable Harvest newsletter.

Cafe Granja La Esperanza

Located in Colombia’s Valle del Cauca Department, Cafe Granja La Esperanza is well known for its excellent coffee. The company owns several farms; one of them is Cerro Azul, which exclusively produces coffees of the Geisha variety and has won several awards, among them honors at the SCAA’s Coffees of the Year and Roaster’s Choice competitions.


Cerro Azul’s tree-planting techniques and other agricultural best practices set the stage for quality production, and that’s continued as experienced, well-trained pickers harvest the ripest cherries, with additional manual and machine sorting ensuring that only top-quality cherries are chosen.

Cafe Granja La Esperanza’s farms grow more than just Geisha; other varieties include Bourbon, Pacamara, and Laurina. We have excellent coffees of all these varietals currently available—for example, the Bourbon Rojo Honey is a honey-processed coffee that is sweet, complex, and citrusy.

Check out full Tastify profiles of all the available Cafe Granja La Esperanza coffees from this recent Sustainable Harvest newsletter.

Enjoy these excellent coffees from Fazenda California and Cafe Granja La Esperanza! View all of Sustainable Harvest’s Current Offerings here.

Topics: Coffee