Yuki Minami’s family has been devoted to coffee growing for nearly 90 years. Her great grandparents emigrated from Japan to Brazil and in the 1940s, the Minami family became owners of their first farm in the north of Paraná. Since 1975, the Minamis have lived in and grown coffee at their farms in the Cerrado Mineiro region.
Yuki briefly left Brazil to study, but her passion for agriculture and coffee brought her back in 2014. She now works closely with her father to manage Olhos D’água Lote71 Padap and now has two specialty coffees featured – one microlot and one blend, the Sweet Cerrado. Her coffee stands out for its citrus acidity and fruit flavors.
The Cerrado Mineiro Region is a world recognized high quality coffee producing origin – the first “Designation of Origin” in Brazil, located in northwest of Minas Gerais State.
To achieve the Federation’s official Origin and Quality Certification, a coffee must meet eight requirements, including the geographic boundary, minimum elevation, storage standards, a signed statement of responsibility by the producer, and a minimum Specialty Coffee Association quality score of 80.
Learn more about Casa Brasil’s partnership with the Cerrado Mineiro Region here.